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Four party MPs want Labour to pause race

By Arj Singh

Published 13/08/2015

Jeremy Corbyn said the public response to the Labour leadership contest was proof of optimism that a popular, modern Labour Party could defeat the Tories
Jeremy Corbyn said the public response to the Labour leadership contest was proof of optimism that a popular, modern Labour Party could defeat the Tories

Legal action could be taken against Labour unless it pauses its leadership contest due to fears of "entryism", one of its MPs warned as the deadline for registering to vote in the election passed.

Graham Stringer joined three other Labour MPs in calling for the race to be halted while the party attempts to weed out bogus anti-Labour voters who have signed up as registered supporters for £3.

But surprise favourite Jeremy Corbyn said the public response to the leadership contest was proof of optimism that a popular, modern Labour Party could defeat the Tories.

The emergence of the left-wing veteran as the apparent frontrunner in the race has led to calls for it to be re-run over allegations that it has been exploited by hard-left groups and political opponents including Conservative activists.

Labour has insisted it is taking action to stop charlatan voters casting their ballots and has already excluded 1,200 members or supporters of another party.

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