Labour reports Keir Starmer aides to information watchdog

Labour reports Keir Starmer aides to information watchdog over claims party member database was hacked

  • Labour has reported potential data breaches to the Information Commissioner 
  • Keir Starmer’s aides deny claims that a database of party members was hacked
  • Rebecca Long-Bailey’s aides faced accusations over using details of activists 

Labour has reported Keir Starmer’s leadership campaign to the information watchdog over claims details of party members were hacked.

The party confirmed it has notified the independent Information Commissioner after allegations were made about abuse of official databases. 

According to the BBC, team members have been accused of ‘data-scraping’ to identify potential supporters to target in the contest. 

A spokesman for Sir Keir dismissed the accusations as ‘nonsense’ and said the campaign categorically denied any wrongdoing.  

The spat emerged following claims that rival Rebecca Long-Bailey’s team had used details held by the party as part of efforts to contact members. 


A sppokesman for Sir Keir Starmer (left) denied any wrongdoing over use of members’ data. The spat emerged following claims that rival aides to Rebecca Long-Bailey (pictured right at hustings yesterday) team had used details held by the party to contact members

Access to such information is meant to be tightly controlled until February 14, to avoid giving any candidate an unfair advantage.

Ms Long-Bailey and Sir Keir are the two frontrunners in the battle to succeed Jeremy Corbyn. The winner is due to be declared on April 4. 

Sir Keir cancelled all campaign events this weekend as his mother-in-law is still in intensive care after an accident last month. 

A Labour Party spokesman said: ‘The Labour Party takes its legal responsibilities for data protection – and the security and integrity of its data and systems – extremely seriously. 

‘We have written to all leadership candidates to remind them of their obligations under the law and to seek assurances that membership data will not be misused.’  

Labour’s general secretary Jennie Formby has ordered a ‘thorough investigation’ of all the claims. 

It is understood the party has not yet identified evidence to substantiate the allegations about Ms Long-Bailey’s campaign – which has denied any deliberate breach – but is investigating ‘separate matters’ that emerged as a result.  

A spokesman for Sir Keir said: ‘We categorically reject these nonsensical allegations and are incredibly disappointed that they have been leaked to the media. 

‘We are still awaiting the party’s formal response to the serious concerns we and others had about access to Labour Party membership data.’  

Ms Long-Bailey and Sir Keir are the two frontrunners in the battle to succeed Jeremy Corbyn (pictured at PMQs last week). The winner is due to be declared on April 4

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