The Staggers 25 July 2016 Labour to strip "abusive" registered supporters of their vote in the leadership contest The party is asking members to report intimidating behaviour - but is vague about what this entails. Getty Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Labour already considered blocking social media users who describe others as "scab" and "scum" from applying to vote. Now it is asking members to report abuse directly - and the punishment is equally harsh. Registered and affiliated supporters will lose their vote if found to be engaging in abusive behaviour, while full members could be suspended. Labour general secretary Iain McNicol said: “The Labour Party should be the home of lively debate, of new ideas and of campaigns to change society. “However, for a fair debate to take place, people must be able to air their views in an atmosphere of respect. They shouldn’t be shouted down, they shouldn’t be intimidated and they shouldn’t be abused, either in meetings or online. “Put plainly, there is simply too much of it taking place and it needs to stop." Anyone who comes across abusive behaviour is being encouraged to email email@example.com. Since the bulk of Labour MPs decided to oppose Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, supporters of both camps have traded insults on social media and at constituency Labour party gatherings, leading the party to suspend most meetings until after the election. In a more ominous sign of intimidation, a brick was thrown through the window of Corbyn challenger Angela Eagle's constituency office. McNicol said condemning such "appalling" behaviour was meaningless unless backed up by action: “I want to be clear, if you are a member and you engage in abusive behaviour towards other members it will be investigated and you could be suspended while that investigation is carried out. “If you are a registered supporter or affiliated supporter and you engage in abusive behaviour you will not get a vote in this leadership election." What does abusive behaviour actually mean? The question many irate social media users will be asking is, what do you mean by abusive? A leaked report from Labour's National Executive Committee condemned the word "traitor" as well as "scum" and "scab". A Labour spokeswoman directed The Staggers to the Labour website's leadership election page, but this merely stated that "any racist, abusive or foul language or behaviour at meetings, on social media or in any other context" will be dealt with. But with emotions running high, and trust already so low between rival supporters, such vague language is going to provide little confidence in the election process. › The closure of small businesses in Calais is punishing entrepreneurial refugees like Wakil Julia Rampen is the digital night editor at the Liverpool Echo, and the former digital news editor of the New Statesman. She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!