Labour braced for courtroom drama
If we need a reminder of how both sides are entrenched in the Labour leadership contest then the arrival of two court cases, seeking to overturn rulings by party officials, shows how much is at stake.
In the first, due to be heard in the High Court this morning, a Labour donor is challenging the decision by the party’s ruling body to automatically grant Jeremy Corbyn a place on the ballot without nominations from 51 MPs and MEPs.
If Michael Foster is successful, the leadership contest could be put on hold or re-started. While this would set the party the contest back weeks, it would clearly prove more palatable to the left then a coronation for Owen Smith.
A second legal action is brewing after a group of members crowdfunded a campaign to challenge the January “freeze date” for the leadership election, which has prevented 130,000 new members from voting. They argue that the party breached their contract with members by telling them when they signed up that they “will be eligible to vote in leadership elections”.
Success is, of course, not guaranteed and in both cases the party is expected to defend its decisions strongly.
from LabourList 26th July 2016