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72% of members think Jeremy Corbyn is doing well as Party Member

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"A YouGov poll whose findings are published today by the Times shows that the membership of the Labour Party are more supportive of Jeremy Corbyn now than they were in November 2015 and there is no realistic chance of him being removed now or in the foreseeable future. It is time for all his critics to decide, do they want to see him elected Prime Minister or not?

Seventy-two percent of Labour members think Corbyn is doing well as party leader (compared with 66% last November) including 43% of those who voted for Yvette Cooper or Andy Burnham last summer. A majority of members think we’re on course to win in 2020 , and more so with Jeremy as leader than someone else (53:39 compared with 42:41).

Sixty-four percent of Labour members say they would definitely (50%) or probably (14%) vote for Corbyn against 33% in the event of a challenge. And that’s before you add in affiliated supporters or those who could be persuaded to join to vote as registered supporters who the poll says are even more supportive of Jeremy than members (75% would vote for him).  And next time we will recruit many more of those who voted last time who haven’t yet joined the party. The numbers are consistent across all age groups and all regions and nations.

Constructive debate is fine. It wasn’t permitted under New Labour – being “on message” was always expected and rebellion the only form of dissent – but it is now in the new pluralist Labour Party. If Jeremy loses a vote at Labour’s conference, he must accept it. And so must everyone else.

No challenge to the massive mandate Jeremy won only a few months ago will succeed, this year or next. And his support is growing so any challenge would be futile. No other leader would do better. What we need now is unity, but for all their talk of the importance of “winning” Jeremy’s critics don’t seem to accept it.Whilst Jeremy Corbyn offers hope of a better future, his small band of Westminster critics just reflect the past.

When you factor in the excellent results in London and Bristol, Jeremy Corbyn improved on the best results of Ed Miliband’s leadership. And significantly improved on last year’s defeat putting us ahead of the Tories. And let’s not forget too that in spite of his defeat in 2015 and the Labour collapse in Scotland, Ed Miliband improved on Labour’s performance in 2010.

There is a long way to go. A positive offer across the range of policy areas must be developed. But we must reject the negative narrative on recent elections of the “bitterites”. They are bitter not about Labour’s defeat last year but about Corbyn’s victory."

 

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