Open letter to the labour party

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am very disappointed to read that a ruling has been made that will breach the consumer rights act 2015 and UK contract law.

When purchasing my membership the information from the Labour party stated that I would be able to vote in a leadership contest, I read today that the party has decided not to allow people who became members of the party after January 12th 2016 to do this, such a decision is illegal.

The consumer rights act covers services such as this and states that a service, once purchased, should be delivered as advertised and continue to be delivered as such. It protects the consumer’s right to have a service continue in the way it was purchased.

Similarly, UK contract law is applicable regarding the agreement between The labour party and myself, the information given at the time of sign up, forms part of an agreement and which both parties are bound to by law, Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Company [1893] refers.

I await confirmation that the terms of the agreement surrounding my membership will be upheld within 10 working days or legal action will be taken.

Yours sincerely,

Shane Touhey

Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (; converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (

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