Socialist Worker

Good polls for Corbyn are a blow to Labour right wingers

by Nick Clark
Issue No. 2496

Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the CND Stop Trident demo last month

Jeremy Corbyn speaks at the CND Stop Trident demo last month (Pic: Guy Smallman)

A poll last week put the Labour Party ahead of the Tories for the first time since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader.

The YouGov poll released the day after Osborne’s budget was announced, put Labour on 34 percent—ahead of the Tories on 33 percent.

It followed an ICM poll on Monday of last week that put Labour and the Tories level on 36 percent.

The two polls alone cannot be taken as evidence that Labour’s popularity is growing.

But their release was a blow to Labour right wingers who claim that the party is unelectable with Corbyn as leader.

How successful Corbyn is depends on whether he offers a clear and strong alternative to the Tories’ austerity.

So it was a mistake for neither Corbyn or shadow chancellor John McDonnell to mention Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation in parliament on Monday of this week.

The real test for Corbyn’s leadership will come in May with elections for several councils, the London Mayor, Welsh Assembly and the Scottish parliament.

In Scotland Labour is battling the Tories for second place behind the Scottish National Party.

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