The founder of a Twitter campaign to elect Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader in order to damage the party’s future chances of gaining power claims to have received three ballot papers to vote in the election, despite being a member of the Conservative party. But a Labour party source said it had only sent one ballot paper to his address and that the Electoral Reform Service, which is managing the voting, would not allow one individual to vote three times. Andrew Wylie, who uses the pen name Charlie Mortimer, said he registered as a supporter of the Labour party using his first name, his middle name and his wife’s name, using the same email address and mobile phone number on all three applications. Wylie claims to have received three separate ballot papers and to have sent them all off, voting for Corbyn in first place, with no second preference. “I’m hoping Jeremy will just walk it in the first round,” he said.
Wylie started the online campaign #ToriesForCorbyn in June, using his Twitter name Marcher Lord to persuade Conservative party members to vote for Corbyn, the most leftwing of the four candidates, in a bid to damage the party’s future electoral chances.
He says he avoided paying the full £3 donation for each of his ballot papers, instead ticking a box to say he was a former member of the armed forces, which allowed him to reduce his donation to £1.