West Norfolk councillor ‘wants money back’ in Labour election vote row

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The Conservative deputy leader of West Norfolk Council has taken to social media today to ask for a refund after being denied a vote in the Labour leadership election.

A political row broke out last month after an application to register as a Labour supporter appeared to have been made in the name of Alistair Beales.

The party’s rules allow verified members, affiliate members or supporters who pay a £3 registration fee to take part in the contest.

However, more than 1,000 applications have already been rejected as they were believed not to meet eligibility criteria. Others are still being verified.

And, in a Twitter message posted on Friday, Mr Beales said: “I have been denied a vote & want my 3 quid back.”

However, former Labour general election candidate Jo Rust accused him of seeking to “deceive” her party’s democratic process and claimed the money should be kept as compensation.

The first ballot papers for the election were sent out earlier this week and the result is set to be announced next month.

But some Labour figures have called for the contest to be halted amid fears over non-Labour supporters registering in a bid to influence the outcome in favour of left-wing candidate Jeremy Corbyn.