Goodbye Keir Starmer! Boris Johnson handed largest Tory lead of 2021 in latest polling
Rebecca Long-Bailey says 'jury's out' on Keir Starmer's future
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The YouGov poll of 1,699 UK adult from May 19-20 asked: If there were a general election tomorrow, which party would you vote for? Nearly half (46 percent) threw their support behind the Conservatives – up marginally by a sdingle percentage point from the last poll conducted on May 11-12. Support for Labour slumped a a further two points to 28 percent.
This means not only is this the largest Tory lead of 2021 so far, but is also the biggest gap between the two parties since May 6 last year.
The slump in support for Sir Keir’s party is also Labour’s lowest share since April 2020 – just 16 days after he was first elected as new leader, taking over from Jeremy Corbyn.
The last time Labour slipped below 28 percent in a poll was more than 18 months ago on November 11, 2019, when the party polled 27 percent.
Mr Johnson also extended his lead in YouGov’s ‘best Prime Minister’ question over Sir Keir to a massive 16 points.
Two in five Britons (40 percent) said he would make a better head of Government – up by six percentage points from the last poll on this question on 14.
In contrast, support for Sir Keir as Prime Minister plunged again, down by a couple of points to just 24 percent.
Several people reacting to the YouGov poll suggested the latest damning poll are pushing Sir Keir closer to the exit door as Labour leader.
Labour peer Lord Andrew Adonis, a vocal critic of Sir Keir over recent weeks, tweeted: “Obviously the situation for Labour is unsustainable.”
One person wrote on Twitter: “Keir is a busted flush. Time to move on with a new leader who honours their leadership pledges.”
A second commented: “Depressing. If Starmer doesn’t start attacking the Tory Brexit disaster he will have to go.”
Another Twitter user posted: “I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again.
“Labour are finished as a party of government.”
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A fourth person tweeted: “I voted for Sir Keith and helped convince my sceptical 97 year old grandad to vote Keith also!
“But all for nothing because any other leader would be 20 points ahead against the worst government in history!”
Sir Keir has repeatedly been warned by critics a defeat in another one of Labour’s marginal ‘Red Wall’ seats in the Batley and Spen by-election will see him forced out as leader of after just a year in charge.
George Galloway, who was a Labour MP for 16 years until 2003, has announced his Workers Party of Britain, which he founded in December 2019, will contest the upcoming by-election in West Yorkshire.
He warned a repeat of the disastrous Hartlepool by-election result will spell the end of Sir Keir’s short reign as Labour leader, with furious members launching a furious backlash with a leadership challenge.
Mr Galloway told Express.co.uk: “He is badly damaged and could be the knockout blow entirely when it was completely unnecessary.
“A defeat in the Batley and Spen by-election will plunge Labour into chaos.
“This will be the end for Starmer and if Labour lose, there will be a leadership challenge, most likely from Angela Rayner, and he will be out.”
Labour is also faced with a huge headache over when to hold the by-election as pressure continues to mount on leader Sir Keir Starmer.
This could be held in a matter of weeks, potentially taking advantage of marginal better performances for Labour candidates in West Yorkshire in these local elections.
But if they choose to delay it by taking time to choose the right candidate, Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party will likely experience a huge “vaccine bounce”, with all Covid lockdown restrictions having being lifted by then.
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