Legal challenge against Newham ‘trigger ballot’ result one step closer after campaigners raise £10k

PUBLISHED: 15:27 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:27 21 November 2017

Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales

Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales


Labour Party members are celebrating after £10,000 was raised for legal fees to challenge the 2017 Newham mayoral ‘trigger ballot’ result.

The election process, which re-selected Sir Robin Wales as Newham’s Labour Party mayoral candidate last December, has proved controversial with allegations that voting rules were “breached” by some trade unions and socialist societies.

More than 200 donors raised £10,800 in a month to mount a lawful probe against Labour through online fundraising page Crowdjustice.

Claimant David Gilles, who is backed by up to 30 Newham Labour members, said the figures showed “tremendous support for a legal challenge”.

He said: “Thank you to everyone who donated and left messages calling for the failings of the trigger ballot to be exposed.”

London Labour Party spokesman Clive Furness said the results had been endorsed.

He said: “We will fight any legal challenges, but our main task is focusing on the elections of 2018.”

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