British public backs Starmer over Corbyn election ban

Nearly a third said Starmer's decision would impact how they voted at the next General Election


HARLOW, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn (L) and Keir Starmer, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the EU look on prior to delivering a Brexit speech at the Harlow Hotel on November 5, 2019 in Harlow, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Newly released polling figures show that the majority of the British public believe Keir Starmer is right to ban Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour Party.

The survey, which published its findings on Wednesday, was conducted by Savanta at the behest of PoliticsHome, and asked 2,144 people if Starmer’s decision last week to block the former Labour leader from standing again as a Labour MP at the next General Election was the correct one.

55 per cent of respondents said they believed Starmer made the right decision, with less than half that number, only 23 per cent, believing the decision to be wrong.

64 per cent of those surveyed said the decision would not affect how they vote at the next General Election, with 28 per cent saying it would.

16 per cent said the decision would make them more likely to vote for Labour, and 12 per cent said it would make them less likely.

Following Labour’s suspension of Vivien Burke, a Labour official with a history of “virulently anti-Jewish tweets”, Keir Starmer was asked by the JC about how Labour would deal with antisemitism at the local level.

He said: “We will continue with the same robust approach because the changes we’ve put in place are fundamental, they’re substantial.

“Wherever there is antisemitism, we will chase it down and we will deal with it in the same robust way we have done over the past two to three years.”

Corbyn, who was elected MP for Islington North in 1983, served in the Labour Party for 37 years, and as its leader for 5. Starmer removed the whip from Corbyn in 2020 for claiming antisemitism in the Labour party was “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.

This week’s poll results arrived one day before Labour announced its “big five pledges” manifesto that will shape its government’s priorities if elected at the next General Election. According to current estimates, Labour hold around a 20 per cent lead over the Conservatives in opinion polls.

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