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Four in five Labour members back Keir Starmer, polling shows

Four in five Labour members back Keir Starmer, polling shows

Four in five Labour members back Keir Starmer, polling shows
Apr 01, 2024 50 secs

Four in five Labour members back Keir Starmer and believe he will win a majority at the next election, according to private polling that shows the transformation of the party’s grassroots.

Two polls shared with the Guardian demonstrate how the composition of Labour’s membership has changed since Starmer was elected leader in April 2020.

Since then his advisers have embarked on a mission to change the party, starting with the proscription of several far-left groups that had been supportive of Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour insiders say this action led to the direct expulsion of a few hundred members, with thousands more leaving voluntarily as a result.

These included a ban on supporting independent candidates who stand against Labour in elections, which would prevent party members from campaigning for Corbyn or the North of Tyne mayor, Jamie Driscoll.

The number of paying supporters peaked at 405,000 in 1997 after Tony Blair’s landslide victory but by 2007 it had fallen to 176,891, thought to be its lowest level since Labour was founded.

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