Isabel Hardman

Court of Appeal rules in favour of Labour party in latest leadership contest twist

Court of Appeal rules in favour of Labour party in latest leadership contest twist
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In the past few minutes, the Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the Labour Party’s block on anyone who joined after 12 January 2016 from voting in the party’s leadership election. This means - until there is an appeal to the Supreme Court - that around 130,000 members, most of whom are believed to be sympathetic to Jeremy Corbyn, will not be able to vote.

As I explained earlier this week when the High Court ruled in this matter, the impact of this may merely be the size of the victory that Jeremy Corbyn wins against Owen Smith. But it does also make the Labour party more divided and the contest still more bitter.

Written byIsabel Hardman

Isabel Hardman is assistant editor of The Spectator. She also presents Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is author of Why We Get The Wrong Politicians.

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