- Angela Smith – noted for her place in the 2009 expenses scandal – backed the vote of no confidence in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn which led to the leadership election, in which Corbyn was re-elected as leader
- Graham Jones on record as saying he could not serve under Mr Corbyn as he was from the “extreme left” and did not hold Labour’s “true values”
As the Times and some Labour MPs try to provoke Jeremy Corbyn over the situation in Venezuela – ‘damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t’ – it must be galling for them to see that public favour has never been higher.
Right wing media grudgingly acknowledges Corbyn’s power to draw huge crowds and hundreds of website readers from 36 other countries visited (left – a record number): “Jeremy Corbyn rocks Glastonbury’ – Murdoch resumes the ‘bashathon’ “
Crowds again turned out in Hastings, Southampton ( below), Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, the Durham Miners Gala and London.
And even more striking because less transient, news forwarded by Felicity Arbuthnot, that an 8ft-tall artwork depicting North Islington MP and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been unveiled on the side of a pub in Archway. The artist, Sam Collins, spent a month on the mural, crafted by putting together A3 plywood squares painted at his studio.
Tony Cullen, the owner said “I’ve never seen someone so honest and willing to be accountable. I love that he’s changing the political landscape, moving it to ordinary people away from elites . . . Jeremy seemed very embarrassed, but he said [he] appreciates the quality of the art – it really captured him.”
Too much saccharine? Turn to the readers of the Times, who say that JC draws ‘Fake crowds’, is a cult leader, IRA-lover and supporter of Islamofascist terrorist murderers.
A more understated reaction: ‘The face of honest politics’.
The International Business Times reports that the latest YouGov poll, commissioned by The Times – in sharp contrast with careerist MPs like Caroline Flint, Angela Smith and many more – reveals members’ growing support for Jeremy Corbyn.
Some of the findings of the YouGov survey of 1,019 Labour members, polled between Friday 15 July and Monday 18 July:
- 44% said they would definitely vote for Corbyn in the September leadership contest -an 8% increase compared to a fortnight ago.
- Another 13% said that they would probably vote for him.
- If there was a head-to-head contest, Corbyn is predicted to garner 58% of the votes against Eagle’s 34%.
- If Corbyn faced off Smith, he would secure 56% against Smith’s 34%.
- The YouGov poll finds that the party leader would beat Angela Eagle and Owen Smith, his rivals, by a margin of more than 20 points.
- The proportion who think that Mr Corbyn is doing well is now 55%, up four points in a fortnight.
His net positive score has gone up from three points to 14 and 54% of Labour members say that he would be their first preference in the forthcoming leadership contest, compared with 21% who back Ms Eagle and 15% who support Mr Smith.
Labour’s members, thought to number about 375,000, will vote on the leadership in September. Thousands more are expected to pay £25 to sign up to vote before a deadline tomorrow.
As Sam Coates, Deputy Political Editor of the Times, comments, “Corbyn’s popularity among grassroots Labour members has grown in spite of a barrage of criticism from MPs over his leadership”.