Wikileaks offers £20,000 reward for #LabourLeaks with information on how the Labour Party’s top officials have attempted to stop Jeremy Corbyn becoming and staying on as leader
Wikileaks is now moving on to the machinations of top officials in the UK Labour Party to tilt the scales against the membership-elected leader Jeremy Corbyn in favour of his challengers.
The first leadership election saw Corbyn win by a landslide in September 2015. Tens of thousands of people, assumed to be Corbyn supporters, were purged from the party and were unable to vote. With the latest leadership election, similar reports have surfaced, with over 3,000 members or supporters - assumed to be predominantly Corbyn supporters - being refused the right to vote for the party leader. Over 1,500 are currently being investigated.
On top of this, around one quarter (130,000) of the party membership were disenfranchised when the party’s National Executive Committee disallowed party members who had joined after 12 January 2016 from voting in the leadership election. Like officials at the top of the Democratic Party, those in the Labour Party apparatus are meant to be neutral in the process of electing leadership candidates. But it is clear this has not been the case. The scales are being tilted.