Labour; The battle will go on regardless.
Whatever happens at today’s Labour NEC we are a long way from even a temporary peace. Litigation will probably happen regardless.
If Corbyn wins the right to be on the ballot sheet his opponents and the PLP will take it to court. The same is true if Corbyn loses, when he, Momentum and probably Unite will litigate.
The intuitive reaction of even some of his opponents is that he should be given a chance, however his PLP opponents will see it much more pragmatically, and this is the nub of the battle..
Think nasty, vindictive divorce.
Where the first legal issue is who leaves the marital home first. Whoever does so loses possession, maybe the kids and certainly access to all the paperwork. They have to find a new home, often at great expense. Therefore;
If Jeremy is on the ballot paper and wins then the MP’s opposing him will either have to kowtow, and maybe still lose their nominations for the next election OR form a new party from scratch. Alliances may be possible with the Lib Dems, but they most certainly will have to find new funds, set up an administrative structure etc etc.
If on the other hand they can keep Jeremy off the ballot it may lead to legal challenge and a lot of grief from Momentum and Len McC. Not to mention perhaps violence, but they can at least retain ownership of the Party admin systems, including staff, literature, offices, bank accounts and the general paraphernalia of being the opposition Party.
Ironically they would get to keep all those £3 donated by those wanting to vote for Jeremy.
Life will remain chaos, but the PLP 172 who opposed Jeremy will be better off, and as the saying goes: Possession is 9/10ths of the law.
Jeremy will have a greater problem if he has to litigate. Yes his supporters can make his MP lives very difficult, but he would be embarrassed by any increase in the already noticeable bullying of MP’s.
If the PLP keep him out it will mean they have won control of the NEC, meaning that they can introduces protocols and rule changes to reduce the impact of local MP deselection threats. Expect that as the next move the PLP 172; a reduction in the power of the membership.
Len McClusky, may also find it difficult to use Unite union funds to support Jeremy. Recently two polls of union members, including his own, have found that over 63% think Jeremy is doing a poor job, and will never become Prime Minister.