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YouGov Poll has Keir Starmer as favourite to lead Labour

Friday 3rd January 2020
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Ex Labour Party deputy leader, Tom Watson, appeared on BBC Breakfast today to promote his campaign regarding type 2 diabetes. However it was inevitable that the interviewers would be keen on hearing his assessment of the party’s failure in the general election and who his choice of leader would now be.

Watson has now retired from politics, in no uncertain terms, and his outspoken passionate socialist rhetoric was certainly not in evidence on the television. The future of the party that has consumed his working life, is certainly something that many are now focused on although no one, as yet, has a clear way forward.

Watson would not be drawn on his favoured candidate, but as it currently stands, no one can declare their participation formally until the national executive meets next week, to clarify the leadership rules and timetable.

However, while members of the Labour Party may be loathe to cite the preferences, a YouGov poll of Labour members suggests that the race is already won.

Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, was supported by 31% of those polled, some distance ahead of Rebecca Long-Bailey, who only received 20% of the vote.

There has been much talk of Labour finally putting a woman at the head of their ship, but Jess Phillips, Yvette Cooper and Emily Thornberry simply do not seem to have the backing of the membership.

The key to winning the leadership campaign, as well as any chance of winning a general election, will be to understand why Labour performed who badly and to have a vision for the future that has support.

Starmer may not approve of Tony Blair’s policies, but the fact that he is the only man to win for the party three times suggests that he may have to bring the party back to the middle ground if he wants it to have any voice at Westminster.

Currently engaged in talking to trade unions and party activists, Starmer it seems is the man to take on Johnson, according to both the bookies and the polls, although he will have to distance himself from Corbyn if he is to earn the trust of the electorate.

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Keir Starmer 4/6
Rebecca Long-Bailey 2/1
Lisa Nandy 8/1
Jess Phillips 12/1
Clive Lewis 28/1
Yvette Cooper 33/1
Emily Thornberry 50/1
Dan Jarvis 50/1
Angela Rayner 66/1
David Miliband 100/1
Hilary Benn 200/1
Sadiq Khan 200/1
Stephen Kinnock 200/1
Tristram Hunt SP
Richard Burgon SP
Chuka Umunna SP
Angela Eagle SP
Diane Abbot SP
Laura Pidcock SP
Andy Burnham SP
Stella Creasy SP
Chi Onwurah SP
Heidi Alexander SP
Liz Kendell SP
Dawn Butler SP
Chris Leslie SP
Alan Johnson SP
Owen Smith SP
Jonathan Ashworth SP
Jim Mcmahon SP
Lavery, Ian SP
Harriet Harman SP
Sarah Champion SP
John Mcdonnell SP
David Lammy SP
Rachel Reeves SP
Lucy Powell SP
Nia Griffith SP
Barry Gardiner SP
Chris Williamson SP
Tom Watson SP
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