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Labour 'must probe leadership vote', says David Lammy

By Sam Lister

Labour must launch an inquiry into its election contest after claims that one in five London voters had not received their ballot papers, a mayoral hopeful has insisted.

David Lammy warned there would be a "clamour of people" who would be "very, very upset" that they had been unable to vote for the new leader, deputy and candidate for mayor.

Labour organised a last-minute dash to send new ballots out yesterday, but many supporters have complained they have still not had their voting card.

Voting closed at midday but Mr Lammy said it was unclear how many people had been affected and whether it had altered the outcome of the elections.

The Tottenham MP told BBC Radio 4's World At One: "Over the last few days, if you are ringing 150, 200 people over the course of an evening, what they say to me is one in five people were saying in London that they had not received a ballot and that was up to last night.

"So, I suspect now that this is closed there will be a clamour of people very, very upset that despite being a member or indeed someone who signed up and paid their £3 and hasn't been excluded because they do not share the values of the Labour party, for a few of those people they have not been able to vote.

"Now, the extent of this across the country needs proper inquiry and proper understanding and whether it has affected the ultimate vote, I do not know."

David Miliband's successor will be unveiled at a special conference in London on Saturday.

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