Labour Party leadership election – Nikolaus Grubeck act in successful challenge to allow new members’ right to vote

08 Aug 2016

Stephen Cragg QC and Nikolaus Grubeck, instructed by Kate Harrison at Harrison Grant, acted for Labour Party members excluded from an automatic right to vote in the forthcoming leadership election, on the basis that they have not been members of the Party for more than six months (Evangelou and others v The Labour Party).

In the High Court of Justice on the 4th August Mr Justice Hickinbottom decided that, under the Labour Party rules, the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee does not have the power to disenfranchise 150,000 members, including the claimants.

This means that all members who joined the party before 12th July 2016 have equal rights to vote in the leadership election.

Imogen Proud was instructed for hand down and consequentials.

A copy of the judgment is available here.

See The Guardian website.