Court Rules Against Labour’s NEC Over Voting Decision


Five members of the Labour Party who brought a case to the High Court in London over the NEC decision to restrict them voting in the leadership contest have won their case.

The members were contesting a decision that meant that anyone who joined after 12 January 2016 wouldn’t be permitted to vote in the current leadership election. The decision is expected to affect 126,592 people who had joined the Labour Party after this date.

The decision, which is expected to favour Jeremy Corbyn in his contest with Owen Smith, may now give rise to the party having to refund £25 membership fees to those who have joined in recent weeks having been told that was the only way to secure a vote in the leadership contest.