New evidence Labour leadership contest is being rigged, as Corbyn confirms investigation

Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a Momentum rally in Ramsgate [Image: Graham Mitchell/ Barcroft Images].

Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a Momentum rally in Ramsgate [Image: Graham Mitchell/ Barcroft Images].

We all knew Mr Corbyn was investigating the apparently arbitrary and biased denial of votes to members in the Labour Party election, didn’t we?

Still, this report provides an excuse to reveal that the Labour ‘party machine’ (in reality committees composed of NEC members) has been disqualifying members of the basis of comments retweeted on Twitter, regardless of whether the member approves of them or not.

It has long been established that RTing a tweet does not imply any kind of endorsement, and some members of the Twitter community reinforce that claim with personalised disclaimers.

But that didn’t stop Labour from disqualifying Philip Lewis on the basis of three tweets that he didn’t write.

Mr Lewis commented: “Today I received the tweets reason why I’m suspended and no not  my acc.mine  @philewis and my cat @philewis_lenin”

Here are the tweets. As you can see, they are not written by Mr Lewis:

160904 Philip Lewis mistaken suspension tweets
What next?

Jeremy Corbyn has revealed he is investigating allegations that Labour’s leadership contest is being rigged against him after a number of his supporters received letters barring them from taking part.

In an interview with the Guardian, the Labour leader said he hoped party officials were not working against him but could not rule out the possibility.

“I’m surprised at the numbers of people who’ve been denied a vote and I’m surprised at the lack of reason that’s been given to people,” he said, in his strongest intervention on the subject so far.

“I’m concerned about that because surely in a democratic process everyone should be entitled to vote unless there is some very good reason against them.”

Source: Corbyn investigating claims leadership contest is being rigged | Politics | The Guardian


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10 thoughts on “New evidence Labour leadership contest is being rigged, as Corbyn confirms investigation

  1. Rusty

    JC need to show that it is rigged! Do long as this continues the PLP is being harmed! All involved should be expelled ASAP!

  2. Linwren

    How are they any different from the Tories then? Certainly if there is proof then the police should be brought in. No ifs no buts.
    What it does mean tho is another election because this one can’t be trusted.

    1. Cameron T Skinner

      The NEC is being replaced by new board members in September, all of whom, are JC supporters…

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        No, they’re not. The NEC consists of something like 32 members. Only six are to be replaced by members of the Centre Left Grassroots Alliance. Labour councillors voted for their representatives at the same time and two people who don’t support Jeremy Corbyn were voted in. The overall increase in support for Mr Corbyn is something like one member.

  3. Ben Bruges

    That was his strongest intervention?! My god. He needs to get up off the floor and start to show some leadership. This is the “Labour Party” doing this… and he is the leader!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Have a sense of reality, please.
      He is the incumbent, defending his position in a leadership election, and the claims that the contest is being rigged may directly affect its result.
      If he reacts too strongly, his detractors will say he is the one trying to rig the election.

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