Rebecca Long-Bailey embarrassed as Keir Starmer set for LANDSLIDE Labour leader victory

The YouGov poll showed the shadow Brexit secretary is set to slide to victory with a sizeable 53 percent of the vote. This is compared to the 31 percent of Rebecca Long-Bailey, dubbed the ‘Corbyn continuity candidate’, and the 16 percent of Lisa Nandy. It is, therefore, believed Sir Keir could even end up winning the contest for the leadership in the first round – with Ms Long-Bailey not even forcing a second ballot to members.

The poll surveyed 1,323 Labour Party members and others eligible to vote in the leadership contest from February 20 to 25.

It asked: “Who will you give your first preference vote to in the Labour Leadership contest?”

Sir Keir cruised ahead of his rivals, who have been respectively battling to convince the party members they are the best candidate.

The Holborn and St Pancras MP was seen to be victorious amongst all backgrounds of the party – men and women, all age ranges, social statuses and in all parts of the country.

However, he was pipped to the post by Ms Long-Bailey among Labour members who voted for Brexit in 2016.

More than 580,000 Labour Party members will be sent ballots this week ahead of voting for Jeremy Corbyn’s successor.

The Labour Party hopes to recover from a catastrophic General Election defeat in December 2019.

Preferential voting will be used, so if no candidate wins more than 50 percent in the first round, the candidate in last place will be eliminated and votes redistributed until one candidate crosses the finishing line.

Sir Keir is widely viewed as the most popular candidate to win the Labour leadership contest.

Ms Long-Bailey is seen as most likely to challenge him.

But, Ms Nandy, considered the underdog in the race, has gained a wide range of support.

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All candidates will now have until April 2 to convince the electorate they are the best choice.

Sir Keir, Ms Long-Bailey and Ms Nandy have all vowed to offer their rivals positions in the shadow cabinet if they win.

The shadow Brexit secretary said: “I would happily offer both these candidates a top job in the shadow cabinet, and I’d happily serve them if they wanted me to do the same.”

Ms Nandy said: “I like both of these people, I respect them, I would want them in my shadow cabinet doing big jobs.”

And Ms Long-Bailey said she would welcome Ms Nandy and Sir Keir to her cabinet, describing both as “brilliant”.

Sir Keir was given another boost in his bid for the Labour leadership, recently.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan formally endorsed his bid in a tweet this morning.

He wrote: “I will be voting for Keir Starmer to be the next Labour leader. I’ve known Keir for decades.

“He’s the best person to unite our party, take the fight to the Tories and put Labour in government.”

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