- Labour donor says he won’t appeal High Court decision
- Challenge to post ‘waste of time and resources,’ Corbyn says
Jeremy Corbyn should be allowed to stand automatically for re-election to the Labour Party leadership, a London judge ruled Thursday following a claim that challenged party rules.
The National Executive Committee, the party’s governing body, had the right to allow the current leader to stand without seeking the requisite number of nominations in the face of a vote on the leadership, Judge David Foskett said in his ruling.
Labour donor Michael Foster had claimed party rules meant that Corbyn needed to find the backing of more than 50 members of parliament to a secure a spot on the ballot. Foster’s lawyer said they wouldn’t appeal the High Court decision.
Corbyn lost the confidence of the bulk of his colleagues in parliament but has refused to stand down, citing the overwhelming support from members during the party’s leadership election in September. He faces a leadership challenge from his former work and pensions spokesman, Owen Smith.
"This has been a waste of time and resources when our party should be focused on holding the government to account," Corbyn said in a statement after the ruling. "There should have been no question of the right of half a million Labour Party members to choose their own leader being overturned. If anything, the aim should be to expand the number of voters in this election."