Labour leadership election must be "put on hold", says MP Steve McCabe, as voter farce rumbles on

With the NEC set to appeal against a High Court decision to allow 130,000 new members to vote, the member for Birmingham Selly Oak tells talkRADIO that allowing the courts to decide Labour's affairs is "madness"…

Corbyn (left) or Smith? The voters will decide in mid-September. But which voters?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Labour leadership election should be postponed until after a possible appeal by the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) against a High Court judgement allowing 130,000 new members to vote has been heard, MP Steve McCabe has told talkRADIO.  

The High Court has ruled in favour of all members having the right to vote in the leadership election, after a case was brought against the NEC's decision that full party members would not be able to take part in the election unless they had at least six months' continuous membership of the party up to a "freeze date" of July 12.  

The NEC is expected to appeal.

The deadline for ballot papers to be returned is midday on September 21, with the result of the election between current leader Jeremy Corbyn and challenger Owen Smith expected three days later. 

"The idea that the Labour party has to be in the courts rather than sorting out its own affairs strikes me as madness," McCabe, the MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, told Jonny Gould.

"We've certainly got the organisation [of membership for voting] wrong, I don't think anyone would argue that.

"In my own view it would be much better to have one class of member. It would stop all this nonsense in the first place.

"The smart thing to do here to avoid a long-running battle in the courts, would be to put the leadership election on hold."

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