by Philip Roddis
Please bear with me as I set the scene before getting to the point of this post …
On Thursday the Court of Appeal, in a ruling the Guardian called unexpected, overturned Monday’s High Court decision to allow disenfranchised Labour Party members to vote in the leadership election. Let’s briefly retrace the more recent steps that brought us to this point:
June 26. Corbyn sacks Hilary Benn for plotting against him. This triggers a wave of resignations by Labour frontbenchers in what many see as a planned coup.
July 10. Angela Eagle announces a leadership bid that hasn’t a prayer unless a crucial NEC vote (next point) goes her way.
July 12. It doesn’t. The NEC rules that incumbent leaders under challenge need not secure the 20% of PLP nominations their challengers must obtain in order to appear on the ballot. To the chagrin of some, it…
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