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Young Labour poll boost for leader Jeremy Corbyn

Issue No. 2492

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Pic: Garry Knight)


Young Labour’s annual conference was set to elect a seat to the party’s National Executive Committee as it met in Scarborough this week.

A cheering sign of support for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came last week. His supporters won every seat on the Young Labour national committee and its regional boards, 18 in total.

Young Labour is open to all members under 27—over 50,000 people.

But worryingly the turnout was only 3.5 percent in an online ballot.

Winning party positions will mean very little if there is not a major push to involve members in activities such as the anti-Trident demo.

A new poll commissioned by Labour’s data chief at the last election has confirmed Corbyn’s popularity inside the party.

It shows 72 percent of Labour members approve. Some 56 percent believe Labour’s policies at the last election were “not left wing enough”.

Just 18 percent of members believe that Trident should be renewed. And 51 percent say they would not vote for a candidate who supported Trident renewal in a future leadership election.

But the right are fighting back. Two former Labour defence secretaries, Lord Robertson and Lord Hutton, wrote an article on Tuesday backing Trident.

They said the party’s defence review is “sliding into chaos and incoherence”.


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