Exclusive: OMOV/supporter vote under threat as NEC plans Collins review

The SKWAWKBOX

corbyn smith.jpgJeremy Corbyn congratulated by Owen Smith for his 2016 leadership win – but could the voting system be about to change?

Last week’s NEC meeting was a mishmash of positive and negative developments. The decision that candidate selections in around eighty target marginals will be controlled by a member-elected committee will be welcomed by the vast majority of members, while the anti-democratic move disenfranchising Young Labour members will not.

Another worrying development emerging from the meeting threatens the leadership election system that helped Jeremy Corbyn to win two leadership elections with a huge majority.

The ‘Collins Review‘ was ordered by then-Labour leader Ed Miliband and overwhelmingly approved by Labour’s Conference – ironically in large part because right-wingers saw it as a way of reducing the influence of unions over the party. ‘Registered supporter’ status was included, according to Alex Nunns’ excellent book The Candidate, because the…

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