The leadership contest is between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith [Image: PA].

The leadership contest is between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith [Image: PA].

Mrs Mike already wants the money back that she paid to become a ‘registered supporter’.

She was one of many thousands of new members who joined the scheme – costing a massive £25 – because it was the only way to get a vote in the leadership election after Labour ruled anyone who joined after January 12 could not.

The result of this court case means she paid that money unnecessarily – and she really couldn’t afford to pay it in the first place (many believe the cost was a sly attempt to put poor, Corbyn-supporting, members off while encouraging richer people who would vote against him).

She is owed a refund and an apology.

Mr Justice Hickinbottom agreed with the five new members who brought the case, that Labour’s refusal to grant them a vote amounted to “breach of contract”.

He said at the time each of the five joined the party “it was the common understanding, as reflected in the rule book, that, if they joined the party prior to the election process commencing, as new members they would be entitled to vote in any leadership contest”.

Labour has appealed against the decision, and that case could be heard as soon as Thursday (it needs to be soon because ballot papers have to be printed and sent out by August 22, which is only a fortnight away).

The result is due to be declared on September 24 – although Mr Corbyn has appealed for it to be brought forward a day to prevent it clashing with Labour’s Women’s Conference.

It will be interesting to learn Jeremy Corbyn’s reaction to this development. It is generally believed that he will gain most support from the inclusion of more than 126,000 extra members (increasing the voter base by around one-third) – and he was opposed to the exclusion in the first place.

New Labour Party members have won a High Court battle over their legal right to vote in the leadership contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith.Labour’s NEC had ruled that party members who joined after 12 January could not vote in the contest.

The group that brought the legal challenge argued this amounted to a breach of contract, saying they had “paid their dues” for a right to vote.

Labour is to appeal the court’s ruling. The case could be heard on Thursday.

Ballot papers are due to be sent out on 22 August, with the outcome of the leadership election scheduled for 24 September.

Source: Labour members win leadership vote case – BBC News


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