The first voting papers went out in mid-August, but party sources revealed yesterday that ‘well over’ 120,000 were sent out on Friday. With that amounting to more than one in five of all of those eligible to vote, a source in one contender’s camp said there was still ‘all to play for’. Another said the race was still ‘up for grabs’. The surge in new members and supporters has caused a huge headache for Labour HQ as officials attempt to weed out infiltrators. Members of other political parties have been barred from voting as part of a huge ‘purge’ of unwanted applicants. At the beginning of last week Labour insisted all ballots would be verified in time, and said checks on voters would be ‘finished in the next few days’.
Yesterday party officials said the process of sending out ballots was still going on and could continue right up until the voting deadline on Thursday, September 10.
Corbyn was criticised by Andy Burnham, Labour’s health spokesman, for not offering policies on immigration which would win back voters
Anyone receiving their ballot paper without time to post it will be able to vote online. The result will be announced on September 12. Just over 550,000 people are eligible to vote. They include 293,000 fully paid-up party members, 150,000 affiliated supporters including union members, and 112,000 registered supporters who pay only £3.