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Members of many left and Green parties are joining Labour party to support Corbyn in his contest, reports Asian Lite News

Insiders claim that members of far-left parties and the Greens are defying Labour’s rules to join the party to defend Jeremy Corbyn. Party staffers have told HuffPostUK that Labour HQ cannot cope with the huge influx of new members to root out those who ought to be ineligible to sign up to the party.

The Alliance For Workers Liberty has urged its members to “Flood Into The Labour Party!”, while the Socialist Workers’ Party, the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition and the Communist Party of Great Britain have all urged their members to mobilise to protect Corbyn’s leadership.Corbyn-A

But under Labour rules, anyone who does not “support the aims and values” of the party can be expelled, and no member of another party is allowed to join. Leftwingers have long complained that they are victims of “purges” by Labour’s Compliance Unit, but ‘moderate’ MPs now believe that the massive influx of new members has left the party unable to check their status.

General Secretary Iain McNicol is reported to have revealed last week that a huge 128,000 people had joined Labour in just 10 days, taking its total membership to over half a million for the first time in decades. Former Shadow Business Secretary Angela Eagle has launched her leadership challenge on Monday.

Huffington Post reports that unlike the Tory party, which insists that new members cannot vote in a leadership election until they have been in the party for a minimum of three months, Labour no longer has such restrictions. Under changes introduced under Ed Miliband, new members will be allowed to vote in Labour’s leadership election straight away.

Last August, during the surge in members in the last leadership contest, the party excluded more than 1,200 people for membership of other groups or for not complying with the ‘aims and values’ of the party.

Critics claim that if a similar ratio of infiltration applied in 2016, then there could be more than 1,900 people set for exclusion this time. But with many far-left groups explicitly urging their supporters to join Labour, the figure could be even higher.

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, which has backed candidates in elections against Labour, has urged people to join Labour through its website.