What’s the story?
Labour moderates and modernisers have mounted one last push to keep veteran left-winger Jeremy Corbyn away from the party’s leadership position.
They believe victory for Corbyn will consign Labour to defeat in 2020.
Figures including New Labour architect Lord Mandelson have been chairing intense negotiations between representatives of the other candidates in the leadership race. However, so far, attempts to slow the Corbyn surge have proved to be unsuccessful.
Mandelson is believed to have asked Liz Kendall, Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper to simultaneously withdraw from the leadership ballot over concerns that the contest has been ‘infiltrated’ by members of Britain’s far-left, including communists parties.
While Corbyn has stated that he only wants Labour supporters to vote for him, members of the Green Party, SNP, UKIP, and the Conservatives have encouraged their contemporaries to take part - the latter of whom believe they are voting for Labour’s weakest candidate, thereby maximising Conservative chances in the next General Election.
Labour maintain that they will remove ‘entryists’ when located, even if that is retrospectively.
Mandelson’s plan is alleged to have failed when party chief informed the candidates that their withdrawal would result in the coronation of Corbyn, without any need for the contest to be suspended.
Away from the dimly lit rooms of Westminster, Labour activists have encouraged fellow members to vote for ABC; anyone but Corbyn.
The contest uses the Alternative Vote (AV) method, which allows voters to rank the candidates rather than vote for just a single one.
If first preferences have been tallied and none of the four candidates have over 50% of the vote, the last placed one will be eliminated and the second preferences of their supporters counted. This process is completed until a candidate…