Lord McConnell, the third person to become the First Minister of Scotland, has referred to the Labour Party’s leadership contest as “a shambles”.
Harriet Harman, the acting leader of the Labour Party, admitted that there were some Conservatives who had signed up and paid £3 to vote in the election. She said:
“That is dishonest and that is shameful for people who purportedly believe in democracy and support democracy”.
She added that she was confident that the leadership election result would stand and said:
“I am absolutely certain that no court would decide that we had done anything other than apply the rules in a rigorous, fair, robust and even-handed way. So whoever is elected, they will be legally elected”.