Jeremy Corbyn campaign blames coup plotters for Labour poll slump

Posted On: 
27th July 2016

Jeremy Corbyn's official leadership campaign has blamed Labour MPs who tried to oust him "at a time of national crisis" for the party's dramatic poll slump.

Jeremy Corbyn launching his leadership campaign last week
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Two surveys in the past 24 hours have given the Conservatives double-digit leads over Labour.

A YouGov poll for The Times also suggested that 2.7 million voters who backed Labour at last year's general election would now vote for the Tories.

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But the 'Jeremy For Labour' campaign has today claimed that the parties were "neck-and-neck" in the polls before the coup began.

More than 60 Labour frontbenchers resigned in the wake of the EU referendum in a bid to force Mr Corbyn from office.

He is now facing a leadership challenge from former Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Owen Smith.

Responding to the grim poll numbers, a spokesman for Mr Corbyn's leadership campaign said: "Before the attempts began to remove Jeremy Corbyn as leader, Labour and the Tories were neck-and-neck in the polls.

"The actions of a few, at a time of national crisis, have damaged the party in the short term.

"However, if Labour party members re-elect Jeremy, Labour will be in a position to unite and resume our electoral advance. Labour's enormous membership, the biggest for any centre-left party in Europe, will take our message of economic renewal and social justice into their communities and workplaces to re-engage with millions of voters who have turned away from Labour in the past 15 years."

Mr Corbyn and Mr Smith will go head-to-head in their first hustings of the leadership campaign next week, The result of the election will be announced on 24 September.

Pollsters ICM - who put the Tories 16 points ahead on Monday - had the parties level-pegging on 31% each in March.

Another poll by the same firm immediately after the EU referendum on 23 June put the Conservative four points ahead.