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“Keep internal conflict private,” University of York Labour Club tells members

Image: the University of York Labour Club
Image: the University of York Labour Club
Image: the University of York Labour Club

Members of the University of York Labour Club have been reminded not to “argue in a public comment section” on social media by its committee.

A post by Ned Gill, Press & Publicity Officer of the Labour Club, asked members of the club to withhold from arguing in a public online forum and to “please refrain from turning it into a 66 post long public comment section.”

“Please keep internal conflict private and respectful rather than on a public platform,” the post continued, “as this can reflect poorly on the club.”

The post specifically mentions the Facebook page ‘Yorfess’, on which Facebook users are invited to anonymously “confess your worst and most embarrassing occurrences at York”. A screenshot of the Labour Club’s notice to its members was subsequently leaked on ‘Yorfess’ on Tuesday 3rd June.

Gill concluded that the Labour Club is “proud to represent a broad church of left-wing views” and discouraged members from “[presenting] your views as the sole view of the club.”

When contacted by The Yorker to comment, a spokesperson of the Labour Club denied that there was “internal conflict” in the Labour Club. “We put out a statement concerning how members should be respectful and kind to each other online. We accidentally released a draft version of said statement. We have removed the draft and put up the correct version.”

The spokesperson went on to emphasise that the Co-Chairs of the Club, Jack Galea and Alistair Duncan Kirk, and the committee “don’t just have a great working relationship with each other, but also a sense of friendship too and everyone has enjoyed working along side each other.”

Shortly before The Yorker received a quote, a revised post was released to the Labour Club members, omitting the phrase “internal conflict”. This post reminded members to be “kind and respectful to one another online” and advised them to remember that individual members’ views could be misinterpreted for Labour Club policy in an online, public forum.