We have been informed first-hand that the Labour Party have come back to Danny Dewsbury in a favourable way with respect to his period of employment with them. As such our campaign ends in success. The £385 our cross-party group raised to cover the National Minimum Wage for his time in the employ of the Labour Party will not need to be paid to Danny. We can assume that he is reaching a settlement which exceeds this with Labour and hopefully this covers the £145 of expenses that have not yet been reimbursed to him.
This confirms our belief that we were right all along to take Danny's case up and press for his fair treatment by the Labour Party. On a day when the TUC called for a Low Pay Commission probe into the employment of young workers on unpaid internships, Labour undoubtedly felt shamed into acting to correct this manifest piece of exploitation. As a group we might feel entitled to crow, but I for one am applauding the Labour's party's decision to make a u-turn and this is the best way for this episode to end. Once the letter to Hazel Blear was in the public domain, there was no way that Labour could talk about workers' rights, social justice or student debt without being hypocrites.
This Internet campaign waged by a small number of cross-party politicos with a common sense of right and wrong is an example of how direct action can work to help the "little man" in a way unimaginable just a few years ago. We may be back, one day.
Danny, have a beer on us. I'll be having a few in Prague tonight. One last message - if you hit any snags, you know where we are.
PS - All you guys visiting without posting, you can post now. I promise not to beg for any money off you.