Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Ed Davey's leadership campaign ordered to delete data

More trouble for Ed Davey's leadership campaign. This item appeared on the Liberal Democrats' website today:
A complaint has been made about Ed Davey’s campaign’s conduct in its communication with members as to their voting intentions, specifically that they instructed canvassers not to disclose the identity of the campaign they were actually calling on behalf in calls made on the 11th and 14th of July 2020.

The Returning Officer has considered this matter carefully and has taken representations from the Campaign. The Returning Officer has found that the campaign, in so doing, acted in a way that was likely to mislead members.

The Returning Officer has required the campaign to forthwith delete the data collected from these calls and has received confirmation that has been done. The Returning Officer reserves the right to take further action if on further consideration such is felt necessary.
This follows a ruling two weeks ago that Ed's campaign was wrong to make use of data he had gathered during last year's leadership campaign.

These findings are worrying in themselves and undermine the emphasis that Ed's supporters have put on his experience and good judgement.

1 comment:

Hywel said...

Returning Officer acting very quickly here. The party acting significantly slower over my appeal about the Presidential/Committee elections made in November. I was told yesterday that they are trying to arrange a date for the FAP to meet! This is about the RO disqualifying votes cast when information about candidates manifestos wasn't published correctly - rather than the usual barristerial reasoned view, all I got was a one line email saying it was a pragmatic decision.