Many Corbyn supporters will be denied a vote in leadership race

Posted Aug 12, 2016 by Jack Derricourt
The Labour party in the United Kingdom witnessed an interesting development in their ongoing leadership race on Friday as an appeal was ruled on, in favour of Labour's National Executive Committee (NEC).
Britain's opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during the first Labour Party lea...
Britain's opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during the first Labour Party leadership debate in Cardiff, south Wales on August 4, 2016
Geoff Caddick, AFP/File
In a reversal of a previous decision by the high court, voters that joined the party over the last six months — many thousands of them supporters of party leader Jeremy Corbyn — will be denied a vote for the leadership.
Corbyn has come under greater and greater criticism by the executive members of the Labour party following Brexit, despite record party membership numbers during his time as leader. The established party members have attempted to resign in protest, tried to keep Corbyn off the leadership ballot through a manipulation of party rules, used a wealthy financial backer to attempt to overturn a court decision on that same artful dodge, and have now worked to deny the voices of many thousands of their newest party members.
A ruling by three court of appeal judges has come to the aid of the National Executive Committee in their efforts to control the upcoming leadership contest between incumbent Jeremy Corbyn and challenger Owen Smith. The high court of the UK had previously ruled in favour of five new Labour members who had sued the party in order to allow new members to vote for party leadership. In an effort to reverse that decision, the party general secretary Iain McNicol appealed the ruling, acting on behalf of the entire party.
McNicol, not the most active twitter user, had no comment regarding the ruling on his account. But plenty of others had thoughts to share online.
While the majority of Twitter users seem to sway towards that younger demographic — which this writer assumes is likely part of that segment the NEC has seen fit to deny a vote in the leadership contest — some were happy about the ruling, of course.
With the added control allowed the NEC by the court ruling, it will be interesting to see if any other regulations or rule-massaging occurs within the coming weeks.