A call for Jeremy Corbyn to be taken off the ballot papers for the upcoming labour leadership elections has been rejected by court judges. The challenge was towards Labour’s decision to allow Jeremy Corbyn to automatically stand for re-election as leader.
Labour donor and ex-parliamentary candidate Michael Foster was the man challenging Mr Corbyn’s inclusion without having to get MPs’ nominations.
Mr Corbyn called the court case a “waste of time and resources”.
Mr Foster said he would not be challenging the decision: “We wanted the courts to adjudicate… they have.”
The rejected notion means the leadership contest – between Mr Corbyn and challenger Owen Smith, a former work and pensions spokesman – will continue as planned, with the outcome due on 24 September.
Due to the party’s rules, Mr Smith had to win the support of 20% of its MPs and MEPs to trigger a contest. In the end, he secured 162 nominations after the other potential challenger Angela Eagle, who also initially passed the threshold for nominations, withdrew from the race.
According to the BBC, whilst in a recently ‘highly-charged’ meeting earlier in the month, Labour’s National Executive Committee decided that, as an incumbent, Mr Corbyn was entitled to a place on the ballot paper without having to go through the same process.
Furthermore, the BBC say that ”Mr Corbyn lost a motion of no confidence in his leadership last month. In the vote, which was not binding on him, 172 out of Labour’s 231 MPs opposed Mr Corbyn while 40 voted in his favour.”
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