LONDON – Starmer still Labour frontrunner

Keir Starmer remains on pole position to win the Labour leadership contest, according to a new poll by YouGov and Sky News. Starmer would take 53% of members’ votes, enough to win on the first ballot, according to the poll, which sampled party members and affiliated trade unionists.

Rebecca Long-Bailey, a close ally of outgoing leader Jeremy Corbyn would claim 31% and Lisa Nandy 16%. However, the poll suggests that Long-Bailey would claim more votes from people who supported Brexit.

On Wednesday (26 February), Starmer, the party’s Brexit spokesman, was endorsed by London mayor Sadiq Khan, who is expected to be comfortably re-elected in May.

If Starmer is not seen as the candidate of the party’s left, Angela Rayner, a Corbynite and flatmate of Long-Bailey, is the strong favourite to win the Deputy Leader’s post. Rayner is forecast to take 47% of first preference votes, the poll found. (Benjamin Fox,

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