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Jeremy Corbyn's legal setback over leadership vote

By Sam Lister

Published 13/08/2016

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Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn's campaign team said a Court of Appeal ruling that will stop new party members from voting in Labour's leadership election is "the wrong decision - both legally and democratically".

Labour's ruling body won its bid to overturn a High Court decision that had paved the way for around 130,000 supporters who signed up from January to take part in the contest.

Many of the members affected are believed to back Mr Corbyn rather than his leadership rival Owen Smith.

Labour's National Executive Committee decided on July 12 that full members would not be able to vote if they had not enjoyed continuous party membership for at least six months.

On Monday, the High Court ruled in favour of five members who objected.

Announcing the Court of Appeal's ruling yesterday, however, Lord Justice Beatson, sitting with Lady Justice Macur and Lord Justice Sales, said: "On the correct interpretation of the party rules, the National Executive Committee has the power to set the criteria for members to be eligible to vote in the leadership election in the way that it did."

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