Britian's Labour Party changes voting rules for leadership contest

Britian's Labour Party changes voting rules for leadership contest
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LONDON (APP) - Britain's Labour party won a legal battle Friday over voting procedures in its leadership contest which has deepened already serious divisions in the main opposition party .

Three judges on the Court of Appeal ruled that 130,000 new party members who joined in the six months up to July 12 cannot vote in the leadership contest , overturning a High Court ruling on Monday.

Friday's decision is a blow to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is opposed by most of his lawmakers but has strong support among grassroots Labour members.

The case had been brought by five pro-Corbyn new members.

The court's decision backed rules originally set by Labour's governing body, the National Executive Committee (NEC).

Corbyn is facing a leadership challenge from little-known Labour MP Owen Smith.

A spokesman for Corbyn's campaign said the court had made the "wrong decision, both legally and democratically".

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