Steve Turner has been awarded the United Left nomination by 3 votes – 370-367 – but at least twelve examples of alleged vote-rigging have already emerged, including:
- Lance Charleson, a Beckett supporter, has been denied a vote in spite of repeated attempts to obtain his ballot
- June Shephard, a Beckett supporter, did not receive a vote
- former Labour general secretary Jennie Formby, who publicly endorsed Beckett, was denied a vote
- Joe Strutt, another who endorsed Beckett, was denied a vote
- at least 2 new UL members were given a vote in spite of joining only a short ago, when the cut-off for eligibility was in March
- at least one deceased member was given a vote
Others received ballots that could not be cast – all Beckett supporters. At least eleven were in Scotland, which massively favoured Beckett.
If 12 examples – enough to swing the result – have emerged within moments of the result, how many more might there have been?
Beckett and a number of members of the UL executive are refusing to accept the result – and they are right. It must be set aside until all such instances are thoroughly investigated – and re-run if necessary.
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