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23 February 2016

A new poll shows huge landslide for Jeremy Corbyn

A YouGov poll of Labour members shows that the Labour leader is going nowhere.

By Stephen Bush

Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents have been dealt a blow by a new YouGov poll showing that 53 per cent of Labour members believe that he should lead the party into the next general election – even if Labour perform badly in the May elections, and despite the fact that just 47 per cent of party members believe it is “likely” that they will win the next election under his leadership. 

In a further setback to Corbyn’s internal opponents, a ballot of members shows Corbyn triumphing with 62 per cent of the vote among Labour members, bettering his 49 per cent first round performance among “full” Labour members, easily defeating Hilary Benn (15 per cent), Dan Jarvis (12 per cent), Angela Eagle (six per cent) and Lisa Nandy (three per cent). But in a surprise for those around the Labour leadership who had hoped that John McDonnell might be a viable midterm replacement, the shadow chancellor attracts just 29 per cent in a mock ballot including Jarvis, Eagle, Nandy, Owen Smith and deputy leader Tom Watson. 

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