A poll suggests that three quarters of Labour members would back ex-miner Ian Lavery over centrists’ hope Keir Starmer to lead the party to take back the ‘leave towns’ that Labour lost in this month’s general election.
Of the two candidates below, who represents the best chance of Labour retaking the leave-voting towns it lost in the general election?The poll question
Of the 1.814 votes cast, 1,359 (74.92%) favoured Lavery, compared to 455 (25.08%) for Starmer:
To prevent automated activity, the poll required a response to a ‘Captcha’ question. Multiple votes by the same respondent were blocked.
Of the responses received, only 27 came from an IP address that appeared more than once – and of those, only one, with 4 , showed more than two votes.
94.9% of votes were cast by UK-based respondents. Labour members overseas are also entitled to vote in leadership elections. Of the 34 non-UK countries that appeared in the results, none involved more than ten votes.
Taking back the leave towns Labour lost is essential for Labour to return to government in 2024. A large majority of Labour members believe that Ian Lavery, who consistently voted in Parliament to support the wishes of his leave-voting constituents, would be able to do so.
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