Privacy Policy and GDPR Compliance

On 25 May 2018 there was the introduction of GDPR. This was designed to prevent the misuse of people’s personal data. Somerset Labour is a news and information service for Labour Party supporters in the Somerset Area, Press outlets and interested members of the public . We only store email and name data of people who have clearly consented to receive our news releases which are provided through URLs of news stories and circulated via Mailchimp or pasted on our Facebook pages.

  • At no point will we pass your data on to anyone else and email addresses will be used for this simple informative purpose.
  • At any time you can unsubscribe and we will immediately remove your data from our mailing list

The Somerset Labour web is NOT an official organ of the Labour Party but was set up and supported by Labour members in Somerset and backed an funded by the 5 CLPs.

The Labour Party has it’s own the data control systems, and you can consult their privacy policy ( ) for details of what information they hold, why, and how they use and process that information.

This page explains how we collect and use personal data, the legal basis for doing so and provides information about your rights in respect of your personal data for which I am the data controller for Somerset Labour.

Data collection and use

Somerset Labour will only collect and use personal information for the specific purpose for which it has been obtained.

When registering with this website you may be asked for personal information. In each case, I will ask for your explicit consent to use your information, and I will only use it for the purposes for which you provide it.

We will communicate with you solely by email about our work and to give you the latest news on our campaigns and opportunities to get involved. Labour Councillors have a legal entitlement to the full electoral register for their wards, which includes the full name and address of every registered elector and they may write to you in connection with their activities as councillors through this legal entitlement.

We will only send emails where you have provided explicit consent for us to do so. You may withdraw your consent or unsubscribe at any time from communications by contacting our Data Protection Officer or by using the unsubscribe option we provide in all communications.

We will not use personal data for any automated decision making or profiling .

We will not share personal information with other organisations without your explicit consent

Retention of personal data

We will only keep your personal information for as long as it is necessary to fulfill the purposes described in this policy.

I will regularly review the personal information I hold to ensure that its use is necessary and proportionate.

IP Addresses and Cookies

This site does not automatically capture or store personal information, other than logging the user’s IP Address or the location of your computer or network on the Internet, for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes. We also use IP addresses in the aggregate to track which pages people visit in order to improve the quality of the site.

A cookie is a tiny text file that is stored on your computer. Cookies may be used in order to tailor your experience on this site according to the preferences you have specified. Cookies on this website do not contain personally identifiable information, other than your IP address, which itself is only very rarely enough to identify you as an individual.

Links to other websites:

This website contains links to other websites. I am not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these websites.

Your rights:

You have a number of rights in relation to your personal information and the opportunity to choose how it is used. You can:

  • Obtain copies of the personal information I hold about you (known as a “subject access request”)
  • Request that I correct or update any personal information held about you
  • Ask that we erase or restrict the way in which I use your information
  • Request that personal information you have given your consent for me to use is provided in an electronic format so it can be transferred to another data controller (also known as “data portability”)

You may opt out of receiving further communications form me i at any time. All requests to unsubscribe are dealt with promptly, and in all cases will be dealt with in 14 days.

If you wish to exercise your rights in respect of your personal data or have any concerns about how your data is used, please contact myself as Data Protection Officer:

Brian Smedley

10 Castle street Bridgwater TA6 3DB  United Kingdom