The Red Labour Facebook Page is our main place for debate and discussion for everyone who supports the principles set out in our “Who are we and What is this all about ?” statement. In addition, we also accept comments on our website posts.

We want discussion to be lively and passionate but ask people to engage with each other in a comradely manner. Abuse and personal attacks discourage people from participating on Red Labour. Similarly those contributors whose sole purpose is simply to attack the Labour Party will be removed. We have therefore drawn up these rules to make sure that our page and website are places for vigorous and comradely debate.

Abuse is unacceptable. Any use of bad language or prejudice based on race, faith, gender or sexuality will not be tolerated. This also includes anything which could be construed as a threat. It is also unacceptable to use labels such as “fascist” for people with whom you disagree unless there is a clear basis in fact.

Repetition and trolling. We want to have a debate with several different perspectives but will remove commentators if they appear to be “targeting” individuals for sustained and disproportionate criticism. Similarly, it is not appropriate for contributors to use Red Labour to carry out private arguments.

Usernames. Any usernames which convey vulgar messages or are clearly an attempt at impersonation will be blocked from posting comments.

Keep it legal. Comments which include defamatory material – whether written, audio or visual – are not allowed. Similarly we will not allow Red Labour to be used as a forum for breaking legal injunctions or restrictions on reporting. People should remember that they can be held personally responsible for the publication of comments which breach the law.

Posts must be relevant – ‘On topic”. Do not post comments on subjects which have nothing to do with the article above. This includes pictures or links to articles about unrelated subjects, which can reduce the quality of debate for everyone.

Personal information. Do not post private details about anyone else, such as telephone numbers, email addresses or postal addresses.

Advertising. Comments which are clearly designed for promotional or advertising purposes will be removed. We do not object to referrals to relevant articles in other media but will not allow attempts to cash in on Red Labour Supporters.

Removing comments/blocking users. We will aim to promptly remove comments which break these guidelines and to block users who disregard them. Contributors who feel they have been unfairly treated, or who spot an inappropriate comment, should message the Red Labour Facebook Page with details, or alternatively use the Contact form.

(With thanks to Labour List – this Comments Policy is adapted from theirs.)

November 2016