Labour members have their say

For all of the talk about Labour and its internal politics, we hadn’t had any data on the all important party membership. Yesterday we got some, thanks to a new poll of the Labour membership by Ian Warren at Election Data. The key points are that there’s been a substantial decline in Jeremy Corbyn’s approval ratings among members, but they remain net positive (+17 vs +55 last year). However 41 per cent blame the leader for the Copeland defeat and by a margin of 51-46 they think he should stand down before the next election.

The rest of this poll is under embargo until 10am, after which I’ll tweet more info. Also today we should be getting the fortnightly ICM/Guardian poll.

And finally a couple of updates on Manchester Gorton – local media are reporting a rather bloody Labour selection battle, however the Lib Dems already have a candidate in place, Jackie Pearcey, who was previously a councillor. She also has a PhD in nuclear physics, though I’m quite sure the Lib Dems aren’t trolling Labour over a certain other recent by-election…

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