Jeremy Corbyn did not attend the High Court to hear the judgement [Image: Peter Nicholls/Reuters].

Jeremy Corbyn did not attend the High Court to hear the judgement [Image: Peter Nicholls/Reuters].

The High Court has supported Jeremy Corbyn’s right to be on the Labour Party leadership ballot paper, after a legal challenge by party donor Michael Foster.

Mr Foster launched his legal challenge after Labour’s National Executive Committee ruled that Mr Corbyn did not have to collect nominations from fellow Labour MPs as he was the incumbent, not a challenger.

There’s not a lot to add, although it may be worth pointing out that Mr Corbyn, a man who has been described by challengers to his leadership and the right-wing media as a “loser”, just keeps on winning.

In his three-page judgement, Mr Justice Foskett said the court’s decision was on a narrow point of law and unaffected by political considerations.

He said his interpretation of Labour’s leadership rules was that “the leader would not in that situation (where there is no vacancy) be someone who was a ‘challenger’ for the leadership and, accordingly, would require no nominations in order to compete in the ballot to retain his/her position as leader”.

It concluded: “Accordingly, the judge accepted that the decision of the NEC was correct and that Mr Corbyn was entitled to be a candidate in the forthcoming election without the need for nominations.”

Reacting to the judgement, leadership challenger Mr Smith said he was pleased, saying the court had “done the right thing”.

“This now puts to bed any questions about the process, so we can get on with discussing the issues that really matter,” he added, saying he looked forward to debating his rival “as often as possible about our plans for Labour’s future”.

Source: Labour leadership: Corbyn ballot challenge rejected – BBC News

Here’s Mr Corbyn’s comment:

[Mr] Corbyn, who was not in court, also welcomed the decision, denouncing the case as “a waste of time and resources when our party should have been holding the government to account”.

He added: “There should have been no question of the right of half a million Labour party members to choose their own leader being overturned. If anything, the aim should be to expand the number of voters in this election. I hope all candidates and supporters will reject any attempt to prolong this process, and that we can now proceed with the election in a comradely and respectful manner.”

Source: Jeremy Corbyn fights off court challenge over Labour leadership ballot | Politics | The Guardian


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