A left-wing political party has accused Labour of a “witch hunt” against people signing up to back Jeremy Corbyn in its leadership contest.
Left Unity said Labour should be “thrilled” so many people want to join rather than focusing on “people who it thinks are too left wing”.
It comes after The Times reported “infiltration” of the contest to replace Ed Miliband by the “hard left”.
Labour says it has a “robust system” to prevent “malicious applications”.
Ballot papers have not yet been sent out in the leadership contest, which pits Mr Corbyn against Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham.
Labour says the verification process is ongoing, and has refuted claims the leadership contest is being infiltrated by those who do not support the party.
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