Over the holiday period and into January, hundreds of Labour members and supporters from across East Kent and beyond wrote to the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) protesting against the decision not to endorse me as parliamentary candidate for South Thanet. Everyone who took the time to write received a standard response – that the NEC’s decision was final and there was no right to appeal. This forced us to start considering legal action and to contemplate the cost this might entail.
On Saturday 12 January, we launched a campaign to raise funds for legal costs. Labour members and supporters from around the country donated generously, and we reached our first target by the following day. On 16 January, Thanet Extra reported that the crowdfunder had beat its target over one weekend.