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Tory Tim Loughton probably thought it was a terrific wheeze, signing up as a Labour supporter to expose the party’s poor vetting methods and show it up as a “farce”.

Instead, he ended up falling flat on his face when Labour weeded out his application, thanked him for his “generous” donation (the party will be keeping his money) and told him he would not be asked to vote.

It’s no more than he deserves.

A far greater concern for Labour supporters should be Harriet Harman’s message to Labour MPs, calling for them to vet (there’s that word again) new party members, in order to stymie those who have joined to vote for Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership election.

If they’re not Tories, and they’re joining because they genuinely believe Corbyn is the best choice as Labour leader, it is their democratic right to do so.

As Vox Political commenter ‘hstorm’ wrote yesterday:

“Labour’s attitude is so strange. They don’t want a leader who seems extremely popular among the public, and now they want to keep large numbers of potential supporters and even party workers from joining.

“Do they really just not want to win?”

The Conservative former children’s minister Tim Loughton has been caught signing up as a registered supporter of Labour to be eligible to vote in the party’s leadership election.

Under new rules anyone can vote if they pay £3 and sign up as a registered supporter by midday on Wednesday 12 August, prompting concerns that the system could be gamed by Tory troublemakers.

Source: Tory caught signing up as Labour supporter wanted to expose vote ‘farce’ | Politics | The Guardian

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