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Labour vote ruling in appeals court

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>> Labour's leadership contest could be decided in the UK's Court of Appeal. At stake Thursday, where the new party members can vote in the upcoming election. Labour's National Executive Committee doesn't want them to take part. And is making the argument that its rulebook should exclude them.>> We say that the judge's interpretation of the rulebook was erroneous, as a matter of law, that the NEC was plainly entitled to impose a six month condition on the clear words of chapter four of the rulebook.
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Which sets out the rules of elections of national offices, including the party's leaders.>> Thank you very much.>>
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It's a ruling backed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and would put the electorate at around half a million. But Corbyn's critics say many the new voters are so-called entryists, extreme leftists who joined up solely to back him. Even with their support, he might not win, though. On Wednesday, challenger Owen Smith secured the backing of a major union, the GMB, an important but Corbin still has the support of most unions to so far declare.
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On Thursday night, Smith gets another chance to win over the undecideds.>>