Labour leadership: Corbyn ballot challenge rejected

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A ss sentence has rejected a challenge to Labour’s decision to allow Jeremy Corbyn to automatically maintain for re-election as leader.

Labour donor and ex- rliamentary candidate Michael Encourage was challenging Mr Corbyn’s inclusion without having to get MPs’ nominations.

Mr Corbyn assembled the court case a «waste of time and resources».

Mr Foster said he leave not be challenging the decision: «We wanted the courts to adjudicate… they experience.»

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It means the running contest — between Mr Corbyn and challenger Owen Smith, a former effort and pensions spokesman — will continue as planned, with the outcome due on 24 September.

Below the rty’s rules Mr Smith had to win the support of 20% of its MPs and MEPs to trigger a trial. In the end, he secured 162 nominations after the other potential challenger Angela Eagle, who also initially antique the threshold for nominations, withdrew from the race.

At a highly-charged meeting at the cracker this month, Labour’s National Executive Committee decided that, as an obligatory, Mr Corbyn was entitled to a place on the ballot per without having to go in all respects the same process.

Mr Corbyn lost a motion of no confidence in his leadership after month. In the vote, which was not binding on him, 172 out of Labour’s 231 MPs foiled Mr Corbyn while 40 voted in his favour.

However, the Labour chief retains the support of many rty members and activists who will come out for in the election.

The legal challenge was brought by Mr Foster, who unsuccessfully stood as a Suffer candidate at last year’s general election in the Cornish seat of Camborne and Redruth, sink in fare second to the Conservatives.

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

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

It concluded: «Accordingly, the review accepted that the decision of the NEC was correct and that Mr Corbyn was entitled to be a runner in the forthcoming election without the need for nominations.»

Reacting to the judgement, regulation challenger Mr Smith said he was pleased, saying the court had «done the right away thing».

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

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