Labour Party consults lawyers on leadership contest

Legal checks made over concerns of interference from other parties

The Labour Party has consulted lawyers to ensure the results of its leadership contest stand up to scrutiny when announced on September 12.

The legal checks come as concerns have risen over members of other political parties and groups attempting to influence the outcome of the race.

A spokeswoman for acting Labour leader Harriet Harman said that there had not been any move to try to stop or suspend the contest.

She said: “We have taken legal advice to make sure that the rules are being complied with and that all due diligence as possible was being done.

“But there were no plans to halt or suspend the contest. We keep a close eye on the process.”

Last week, backbench MP Simon Danczuk called for the contest to be halted, saying that non-Labour supporters were signing up to the party in an attempt to influence the vote.

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