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Labour leadership voting registration closes

Voting closes amid calls for race to be halted to weed out bogus voters Credit: PA

Registration to vote in the Labour leadership contest has now closed, following an extension due to online "technical issues".

The deadline was originally set for midday today, but was extended to 3pm.

After the deadline passed, the party said more than 610,000 people have registered to vote in the election. Of those, 88,000 still need to be vetted to determine whether they are eligible to vote.

Leadership candidate Liz Kendall says she has complete faith in the election system and that Labour has already removed people they believe are trying to infiltrate the party.

One Labour MP has said legal action could be taken against the party unless it pauses the leadership contest due to fears of "entryism".

Graham Stringer joined three other MPs calling for the contest to be stopped while the party attempts to weed out bogus voters.

John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw, claimed Labour's new voting system could lead to the party becoming an "unrepresentative clique" as more Londoners could have registered to vote than in other parts of the country.

"The danger is that those who are joining, particularly those in London, are representative of very little in society, and that the vast mass of Labour voters and people it would like to attract, have totally different views and their views won't be heard," he told Sky News.

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Labour leadership voting deadline extended

Labour has extended the deadline for registering to vote in the leadership contest after "technical issues" meant that people were unable to sign up for a vote on its website.

Voters have a choice of four candidates in the party's leadership contest. Credit: PA

The deadline was originally set for midday today, but has been extended to 3pm.

Visitors to the site were faced with a series of error messages ahead of the cut-off time.

Labour has apologised to those wanting to join or register and assured site visitors that the technical issues have been resolved.

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn is currently the favourite to win the leadership contest, although he has faced some opposition from within the Labour party itself.

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