Barrister: Birmingham Labour decision to disenfranchise members unlawful

Democracy is precious


Just before Christmas, this blog covered a decision by Birmingham Labour Party to set a qualification date for voting on local election candidates clearly designed to prevent the selection of pro-Corbyn candidates – a decision that will mean the disenfranchisement of two-thirds of Labour Party members in Birmingham for up to 6 years.

As a result of that article, a call for evidence went out (more is still, of course, welcome) and, based on Birmingham Labour’s rules and information provided by local members, a highly-qualified barrister has issued a detailed legal opinion on the actions of Birmingham Labour.

bham-barristerThe full document is too long to show here in full but is available for download as a PDF at the end of this post, but his key points are:

  1. the rules of the Labour Party are governed by contract law
  2. Birmingham Labour cannot claim any distinct identity from the national party…

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