Keir Starmer is currently the favourite among Labour members to replace Jeremy Corbyn, a new poll has found .
The poll by YouGov for the Economic and Social Research Council’s Party Members Project places the Shadow Brexit Secretary as the victor against other potential candidates such as Rebecca Long-Bailey, who is considered to be the Corbynite frontrunner.
Asked to select their first preferences, 31% of respondents chose Starmer, compared to 20% opting for Long-Bailey. 11% picked Jess Phillips, 7% Yvette Cooper and Clive Lewis, 6% Emily Thornberry and 5% Lisa Nandy.
After all preferences were allocated in the final round, emulating Labour’s preferential voting system used for leadership contests, the survey showed Starmer winning a 61% vote share with 39% going to Long-Bailey, the Shadow Business Secretary.