Keir Starmer crisis: Election defeat in May could spell humiliating end for Labour leader

Starmer: Expert on future of Labour leader after May elections

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Keir Starmer could be forced to resign as Labour leader, according to one leading political polling expert. Dr Rakib Ehsan, an independent expert in British public attitudes, told talkRADIO that Sir Keir’s future could hinge on the May election results. He told Mike Graham that it all “depends on how bad those elections result are” for the Labour Party.

TalkRADIO host Mike Graham said: “It doesn’t seem like Keir Starmer has a grip on his party.

“After what happened in Bath, a lot of people were saying that was his Gordon Brown moment.

“Maybe that was an indication of how this was the beginning of the end.”

Earlier this week, Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, was thrown out of a pub in Bath after he was confronted by the landlord over lockdown restrictions.

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Mr Graham asked the polling expert: “If things don’t go well in May for the Labour Party, do you see a change coming?”

Dr Ehsan responded: “I think that depends on how bad those elections result are.

“I will certainly be keeping a close eye on Hartlepool. Since its creation it has returned a Labour MP without fail.

“But, preliminary polling suggests that Labour might end up losing that seat.

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“If you look at the election more broadly nationwide, if it’s a bad electoral round for the Labour Party then Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership will be called into question.

“His leadership ratings have plummeted. Under the pandemic, much of the British public have had more time to see him in the media.

“So the fact his leadership ratings are plummeting is not good news at all.”

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He noted that regardless of whether Sir Keir stays or not, the talent inside the Labour Party is “sparse and poor”.

Sir Keir has acknowledges the battle on his hands as party leader, telling ITV yesterday that Labour must earn back “every vote” lost under Jeremy Corbyn.

He said the party had been rebuilding trust within northern, traditional Labour seats, like Hartlepool.

Also campaigning in Hartlepool on Friday, Boris Johnson said his flagship freeport plans wouldn’t be possible without Brexit, “which people in this town voted overwhelmingly to do”.

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