Corbyn confirmed on the ballot as judge rejects challenge | LabourList

by / Friday, 29 July 2016 / Published in News

Jeremy Corbyn will remain on the leadership ballot, a judge has ruled today. A High Court judge concluded the NEC had been “correct in law” to allow Corbyn to appear on the leadership ballot automatically. The ruling means the incumbent will not now need to gain nominations from 51 MPs and MEPs, as his challenger Owen Smith has done, and the leadership contest will not be restarted. The case, brought by large Labour donor Michael Foster, claimed the NEC decision – made at a marathon meeting earlier this month – broke the contract of his membership, where he signed up to an organisation who promised to follow the rules they set out for themselves. Corbyn today reacted with delight, saying the process had been “a waste of time”, and that the High Court has chosen to “respect the democracy of the Labour Party”. He said: “This has been a waste of time and resources when our party should be focused on holding the government to account. “There should have been no question of the right of

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