A second successive YouGov poll has put Jeremy Corbyn into an even bigger lead than the first – he now wins on the first round, with 53 per cent of the vote. Andy Burnham is a distant second with 21 per cent of the vote. Yvette Cooper is third with 18 per cent. Liz Kendall has eight per cent.
The poll will be a boost to the morale of the Corbyn campaign as it enters the final months, although sources from rival campaigns claimed that their phonebank data showed a much closer fight than indicated by the poll. However, Peter Kellner, YouGov’s president, says that he would “personally be astonished” if Corbyn does not go on to win.
A second poll for the deputy leadership shows Tom Watson on course to win in that contest, albeit by a narrower margin than Corbyn’s blow-out.