Is the Labour leadership election process flawed?

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There are questions being raised about the integrity of the Labour leadership contest.

It is feared that there are thousands of Tory and other party infiltrators now involved in this election and at least one in ten voters are not even Labour party members, which is falsifying the leadership vote.

Harriet Harman has called a meeting with the four candidates, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn, and Liz Kendall, on Tuesday 25th August, to discuss the integrity of the process.  When asked last week, by the media, if this contest was flawed, Harriet Harman said she didn’t believe it was and it was to go ahead, unaltered.  There are now more concerns because the Labour candidates have no confidence that the applicants who are voting are being vetted effectively.

Andy Burnham MP said “I do not want members of the Conservative Party deciding the future of the labour party”

What are your views? Do you have confidence in the way applicants to vote are vetted? Do you think the current process should be scrapped and started again with more rigorous scrutiny?

Is the Labour leadership election process flawed?

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Frances16
28th Sep 2015
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Surely this is a Tory move abetted by pro Tory media to undermine the credibility of the Labour Party which has attempted to democratise the leadrship choice
CarolM
12th Sep 2015
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I joined the Labour Party as a retired member a day or two after the election result. I am now retired but have always been a union member. I did not get a ballot paper or email despite three emails and three phone calls. I'm not too upset though ... I would have voted for Corbyn, though not Tom Watson. I fear the 'weeding' was not done very efficiently and the fact that though I am a staunch left winger I support having a Royal Family. I think they work hard for our country.
nagonthenet
11th Sep 2015
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Glad this is now all over - sick of hearing about it.
Trampas1955
5th Sep 2015
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Young people have lost faith in this country. They've been terribly let down. You can't get a mortgage on £6.50 per hour. Foreigners have taken all the jobs. Bulgarians working 24 hours a day. No wonder the employers are happy with them. The scumbags. There's no workers rights anymore. I work part time as a carer. I'm 60 years old. Semi retired. No to prove. Keep head down and do a good job. In the 5 years I've worked for this firm I worked with over 70 yes 70 young people. They sack them for the slightest thing and laugh about it. This is why Corbyns touched a nerve. The young have no one else.
Jaguarjon53
28th Aug 2015
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The Labour Party showed admirable intentions in widening out the vote. The trouble is they showed a staggering naïvety in the way they went about it. I mean, this is a mature political organisation which should be wise to the wicked ways of the political world. That they clearly are not is astonishing and worrying. If they can't organise the proverbial in a brewery, how can they govern a country?
As far as Jeremy Corbyn is concerned, he seems like a person with actual principles rather than the washed-out nonentities running against him. My bet is that as many "entry-ists" have come in from the Left as wreckers from the rabid Right. Zero sum.
Whoever gets the job will be monstered by the Tawdry press, regardless of quality. Murderoch has reduced political dialogue to the level of kindergarten insults; remember the General Election? Most superficial of my 40-odd years of voting. The international Anglophone press was bemused. Anyone who can raise the standard of debate is surely welcome, regardless of voting method. They'll have to sort the voting system out pdq 'though.
lizfid3
26th Aug 2015
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Apparently it costs a paltry £3 to vote in the leadership battle. Apparently the Labour party membership has more than doubled since the leadership contest started. Apparently Harriet Harman thinks this is ok. Time to scrap the whole thing, have a good re-think and start again with only those who have been members for more than 5 years being able to vote. Only then will the general public feel that there has been an honest contest with an honest vote and the Labour party has a handle on things. Right now it's a farce.
rudgy
25th Aug 2015
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It should be cancelled ,no one is going to believe it any way .There needs to be fresh input of different candidates. Strong minded have views of their own and not follow like sheep .Also if Tories are voting like it's said it just shows what despicable people they are .
ronnieboy
25th Aug 2015
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running scared of jeremy corbin, tells people like it is, torys are afraid of him, thats why they are trying to ruin the vote, other candidates are just, yes people !!!
thefilthycripple
25th Aug 2015
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Another mistake by Milliband !
Pete H
25th Aug 2015
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You couldn't make this up - the election process is a total joke with conservatives and members of far left parties registering and voting for Corbyn for entirely different reasons.

They cannot possibly check everyone out as they don't have the resources to do it. Ed Miliband brought in these changes and history may well show him to be the person who ultimately destroyed the Labour party as serious opposition.
Baxi
25th Aug 2015
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Unfortunately the leadership election process just demonstrates that the Labour party itself is flawed. Every aspect of the process has issues and does not seem well thought through. How can Labour expect people to have confidence in the party when they look like a bunch of people who are incapable or organising the proverbial in a brewery! I wouldn't trust people who come across as so incompetent to run the country. The other thing which I find incredible is that all they talk about is 'winning' - not what's good for the country.
Amateureye
24th Aug 2015
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When Labour lost the last election there were 200,000 Labour Party members, there is now over 610,000 registered to vote? The simple fact is the numbers tell you this has been fixed. In reality the Labour Party haven't got a clue where everybody has come from. Recently in a newspaper article a Tory councillor published he had six voting papers that had been sent to him, okay Labour said they had cancelled his votes but how many more like this man has been signed up. when I got the email asking if I would like to join and I saw the pay three pound and get a vote I immediately said there is chaos ahead for the Labour Party. People who have no interest in the Labour Party except to rip it apart and destroy it. Simply paid the fee and had a good laugh at the people who organised the the contest. Personally I think a simple solution would be to find out who the original 200,000 members were and allow them to vote for the new leader as they have stuck with the party over the last five year and right up to the election defeat
Jaguarjon53
28th Aug 2015
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I agree. Erm.....what shall we do with all those £3s? Roll on the floor laughing.....
Wilf
24th Aug 2015
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I must admit I had no idea about the actual figures you quote that the membership of the labour party is now expanded x2. That must prove this is a joke. I cannot believe Harriett Harman thinks this is ok?? Shows what a joke our MPs really are. A sane man would stop this nonsense and get their act together.
Amateureye
25th Aug 2015
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He you go in one of the newspapers today slightly different figures 310,000 but that's newspapers for you, there are over 3000 British National party members that have registered to vote in the Labour election.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-leadership-contest-party-now-fears-infiltration-by-bnp-supporters-10470069.html
which in my Opinion should see this campaign stopped in its tracks. As it is not fair to the true loyal members of the Labour Party who supported them over the last five year and are the only people I think deserves to vote in this contest.
Amateureye
25th Aug 2015
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I was shocked to when I read about it. It was published in two independent newspapers. It never actually said the breakdown between paying to become member of the Labour Party and the 3 pound vote? But just a thought that 410,000 had signed up has to make you wonder where were these people before the election? Also who are they???
Marley444
24th Aug 2015
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I think you make some very valid points above. I wonder if Harriet Harman will like your suggestion?
Amateureye
25th Aug 2015
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Unfortunately I think she's still in denial that anything is actually wrong? At the end of the day it does not put the Labour Party in a good light, and the sad thing is I believe the voting payment was introduced by Ed Miliband so in effect Labour has shot itself in its own foot and will have to take responsibility for the fiasco that has happened. As I said in my first comment a fair solution is whoever was a member of the party before the election should be the only people who get to vote for a new leader.
Wilf
24th Aug 2015
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I think the problem here is that we need a strong democracy in the UK with ideally at least 3 major parties vying for power. We did have Conservatives, Labour, Liberal up to May as well as the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru in Wales and DUP in Northern Ireland. Labour are now looking like a joke and the Liberals have been decimated. This is bad for democracy-we need to keep the Conservatives honest and weak opposition parties are not the ideal in our country.
JohnHerb
24th Aug 2015
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This story is building up in the media and I have been following it with astonishment. Its obvious the labour leadership contest is flawed in so many ways. Firstly it is flawed because it seems many other people have suddenly joined the labour party who are not labour members or voters and they are not being vetted and so can change the nature of the vote. This is simply not right! Great Britain is NOT some banana republic-we have always believed in the integrity of the voting system even when so many other countries are flawed/rigged or simply a total nonsense. Secondly the media are slating Jeremy Corbyn and so are all the old "leaders" of the Labour party. This is a democracy give him a chance. If nothing else it should be a free and fair election. If it isn't then the labour party should fix it quickly or the electorate will get even more fed up with parliament and MPs

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