If you are a new member of the Labour Party, rejoicing because Jeremy Corbyn will be on ballot papers in the leadership election, you need to see this, even though it’s from The Torygraph:
However, there was also a boost for Labour rebels as rules that allowed anyone to vote in the leadership last summer by paying just £3 were ditched.
Instead the price has been increased to £25, while full-time members must have been affiliated to the party for at least six months to vote – barring the 100,000 new members who joined in recent weeks.
If true, it is as though these people are determined to alienate the party members who pay their wages.
The new members – more than 130,000 in the last few weeks alone – joined because they want to support Mr Corbyn; they want to support democracy.
A decision to take their money and then disenfranchise them is a slap in the face for everybody who joined in good faith.
Meanwhile a £25 supporter can vote within two days of being accepted. Does anyone smell a stitch-up here?
If it is true, this is a decision that must be reversed immediately. The leadership election cannot take place while it is in force.
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