Jeremy Corbyn is vastly more popular with Londoners than his rivals, poll finds

The radical is confounding the expectations of the Labour establishment

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Jeremy Corbyn is by far the most popular Labour leadership candidate with ordinary Londoners, according to a new poll.

A YouGov survey for the Evening Standard newspaper asked a representative sample of all Londoners – not just those set to vote in Labour’s election – whether they preferred Mr Corbyn or any of his rivals.

There had been warnings from Labour establishment figures that though Mr Corbyn is popular with the party faithful, his views might not chime with those of the public.

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Labour leadership hopefuls: Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall

But the pollsters found that Mr Corbyn had the support of 46 per cent of the capital’s residents, who thought he would make the best Labour leader.

Andy Burnham was a distant second place in the survey on 21 per cent, Yvette Cooper third on 20 per cent, with Liz Kendall, the Blairite candidate, trailing on 12 per cent.

The results suggest the views of the public – at least in the Capital – are broadly in line with those of Labour supporters, who also back Mr Corbyn by a landslide.

 

Future surveys could shed light on whether Mr Corbyn’s popularity with the wider electorate extends beyond the capital – where Labour already did well at the May general election.

Labour 600,000 strong electorate will pick the party’s next leader starting this weekend, with the result announced at a special conference in September.

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