Labour MPs fume as Sir Keir Starmer drops to Jeremy Corbyn-level popularity


KEIR Starmer has been branded a “dead loss” by colleagues who fear he is taking Labour downhill.

After two years he is doing worse than Jeremy Corbyn who led the party to election defeat in 2019.

A Britain Elects poll in the New Statesman showed Starmer's net favourability was worse than Mr Corbyn’s at the same stage

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A Britain Elects poll in the New Statesman showed Starmer’s net favourability was worse than Mr Corbyn’s at the same stageCredit: Kevin Dunnett

Sir Keir’s popularity rating was minus four after 704 days as leader.

The hard-Left chief he replaced was minus 3.6 after 715.

Some of his top team privately admit they are resigned to defeat at the next general election unless they can find a charismatic new figurehead.

A senior figure said: “Many of us wish we were more ruthless. If it was the Tory party he’d be gone by now.”

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A shadow cabinet source said it was frustrating Sir Keir went “missing in action” while the government was engulfed in a cost of living crisis.

After laying into PM Boris Johnson and Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi for going on holiday, he slipped away for a sunshine family break in Majorca.

A source said: “Keir seems to think that as the economy’s in such a cataclysmic state he doesn’t need to do much.

“He gives the impression because he’s 11 points up in polls he can sit back and win the next election.”

A Britain Elects poll in the New Statesman showed his net favourability was worse than Mr Corbyn’s at the same stage.

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But supporters fear they will not be able to topple Sir Keir.

A Labour MP said: “We don’t even know if Keir has a strategy.”





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