//Labour leadership: Blow to ‘continuity Corbyn’ as poll of members suggests Starmer clear favourite – live news

Labour leadership: Blow to ‘continuity Corbyn’ as poll of members suggests Starmer clear favourite – live news

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12.02pm GMT

Here are some more tweets on the YouGov poll.

From the polling expert Ian Warren

Labour leadership polling (in brackets the % of public who’ve heard of that person according to YouGov)Starmer 31% (41% have heard of him)Long-Bailey 20% (24%)Phillips 11% (33%)Cooper 7% (65%)Lewis 7% (27%)Thornberry 6% (44%)Nandy 5% (19%)#LabourLeadershipElection

Now the net favourability of eachStarmer -4 (41% have heard of him)Long-Bailey -2 (24%)Phillips +2 (33%)Cooper -5 (65%)Lewis +5 (27%)Thornberry -8 (44%)Nandy +2 (19%)#LabourLeadershipElection

1. The membership has never been as dogmatically Corbynite as many discussing Labour under Corbyn imagine. Therefore, the idea that The Anointed Successor to the Absolute Boy would just walk it was always flawed. 2/?

This relates to sthing @election_data has emphasised with me in the past – Lab members take fairness very seriously. Corbyn won two big mandates therefore should be given a fair go. But now he’s had two shots at general elections, and lost the second badly, they move on?

11.43am GMT

YouGov included Yvette Cooper in its list of seven potential Labour leadership candidates for its poll of party members. (See 9.51am and 10.21am.) But, according to a story by Jason Groves in the Daily Mail, Cooper is expected to announce that she won’t be standing, because she has concluded that her opposition to Jeremy Corbyn would make her unelectable given how popular he is with members. Groves quotes a “friend” of Cooper’s as saying:

From the way Yvette is talking, she is not going to stand. The way the party is now, it is going to be very difficult for anyone who has criticised the Dear Leader, as she has. It’s ridiculous when he’s just lost us another election. It’s also a crying shame. Yvette is one of the few grown-ups we’ve got left – she’s probably our best chance.

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