Labour leadership: Will Keir Starmer be replaced? Shocking poll calls for leader switch-up

Keir Starmer says ‘the whole house’ will wish England the best

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The Labour Party was dealt a crushing election blow in 2019 and 2021 in the general and local elections respectively, but now the relatively new Labour leader has been dealt another humiliating blow after a new poll showed Labour members believe he should be ousted in favour of another rising star.

A humiliating new poll has found 69 percent of Labour Party members believe Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham would do a better job as the party leader than Sir Keir Starmer.

The poll conducted by YouGov and Sky News found four in 10 labour members want him to stand down if he loses tomorrow’s by-election in Batley and Spen.

Two-thirds of Labour members (65 percent) believe Labour is on track to lose the next general election.

Overall, just 21 percent believe the party is on track to win.

The poll of 871 Labour members conducted from June 22 to 29 said the party should be prepared for turmoil if it loses the Batley and Spen seat on July 1.

The party currently holds the seat with a margin of 3,525 votes.

A by-election was triggered in the area after the existing MP Tracey Brabin won the West Yorkshire mayoralty last month.

Kim Leadbeater, 44, is Labour’s candidate for the Batley and Spen by-election.

She is the sister of murdered MP Ms Cox, who said she was “overwhelmed” to be picked as the candidate for the seat.

Sir Keir has said he will not quit his role, even if the party loses Thursday’s by-election in Batley and Spen.

The spokesman said: “Keir is not going to resign.

“What the British people are worried about at the moment is their jobs, their kids and the future of their country, and that is exactly what Keir is focused on.

“That’s what he will spend the summer talking about. And he will take the Labour Party through into the next general election and back into Government.”

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In an interview published on Wednesday, Mr Burnham backed Sir Keir and said he is keen to run for leadership for a third time, but is not intending to do so “any time soon”.

The Greater Manchester mayor told The New Statesman: “The answer is, I would, but it’s not any time soon. I’m supporting Keir.

“I want him to win the next general election, and I will do whatever I can to help him achieve that.”

He added: “If there was a moment where that was right, then I’ve indicated that I would be prepared to go back.

“But I wouldn’t put the old suit back on – it would be to go back as something different.”

The damning poll also highlighted just 55 percent of Labour members believe Sir Keir is “doing well” in his role.

Instead, a massive 94 percent praised Mr Burnham’s work and 87 percent backed London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy also scored highly in terms of doing well in the poll with 68 percent backing her performance.

Comparatively, 67 percent said the same of Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner.

Sir Keir did however beat his newly appointed Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves who won support from 53 percent of those polled.

Many social media users were split on their response to the

One person tweeted: “No surprise, he’s too polite & totally AWOL on crucial issues such as Matt Hancock’s shenanigans last week.”

Another added: “I eagerly voted for Starmer as leader and I’ve been very disappointed with his passivity and pandering to the Brexit former red wall. I still think he has it in him to turn things around and deserves more time. If he can’t, Burnham would be the best next leader by miles.”

However, some were on Sir Keir’s side with one social media user commenting: “If they do they are deluded. At best he might be marginally better. They need a real leader with realistic views of potential voter expectations and values”.

Another wrote: “Agree, Burnham would be a disaster. He has all of Starmer’s flaws but without the brains to compensate for them.”

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