Corbyn backed Labour Left favourite, Anna Rothery’s application for an interim injunction against the Labour Party, has failed in the High Court.
Ms Rothery was one of three Labour candidates short-listed for the local party to select from to contest the powerful post of Mayor of Liverpool until party officials suddenly announced all three needed to be ‘reinterviewed’.
After the private interviews, conducted by a panel appointed by regional party officers, it was announced all of them had been dropped and would not be allowed to reapply.
Potential new candidates had two days to apply and two Starmer supporting right wing members have done so.
At an online meeting on Monday Ms Rothery’s barrister said they were simply asking the court for Ms Rothery’s name to be reinstated as a prospective candidate for local members to vote and decide.
Labour argued that she had been removed from the shortlist because of a clear risk of political damage to the party after she had “impugned the integrity of the other candidates at hustings”. An accusation she denied.
Rejecting Ms Rothery’s, application he said the decision to remove her from the short-list was a political judgment the party was entitled to make.
She was ordered to pay the party’s legal costs of £65,000.
Her many supporters are now urging her to abandon the party and stand as an independent candidate. She said she is considering her choices.
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