As the SKWAWKBOX revealed this morning, Gerard Coyne’s use of Labour member data he had no right to access puts him at risk of criminal sanction and unlimited fines as well as potential lawsuits from every Labour member.
Legal advice also indicates that his union Unite could also be liable for the same penalties – unless it could demonstrate that Coyne’s campaign is a separate, ‘firewalled’ entity from the union.
Unite has issued a statement washing its hands of Coyne’s campaign and of any responsibility for his actions.
Unite – washing its hands of candidate Coyne’s behaviour
A Unite spokesman said:
The candidates’ campaigns, the conduct of, and any liabilities arising from the campaigns are matters for the candidates alone. These campaigns are run independentlyof Unite. Unite has clear rules for the conduct of elections which are overseen by an independent returning officer and an independent election commissioner…
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