Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Corbyn Is Topping All the Polls

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Corbyn Is Topping All the Polls

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Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Regional Affairs Reporter

THE vast majority of Chronicle readers want Jeremy Corbyn to be the next Labour leader, our poll has shown.

The polls close next Thursday and the result will be announced on Saturday September 12, but it appears you have already picked your favourite.

The veteran left-winger and Islington North MP scooped 76.9% of the vote in an online poll we have been carrying on Chroniclelive.

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham, who is backed by most North East MPs, was a distant second at 10.5%, followed by Shadow Health Minister Liz Kendall on 6.6% and finally Yvette Cooper on 6%.

It comes after the final hustings were broadcast live from The Sage Gateshead. A poll carried out by the broadcaster after the programme saw Mr Corbyn with even stronger levels of support, polling as high as 80%. Though some experts are claiming a late swing towards Shadow Home Secretary Ms Cooper, Mr Corbyn remains the clear bookies favourite, with Paddy Power offering odds of 1/3.

LABOUR LEADERSHIP DEBATE - THE KEY POINTS 1. Andy Burnham and Jeremy Corbyn want to legalise cannabis (sort of) This was a bit of a surprise question from Sky viewers at The Sage.

"There is a case for it in that people who suffer from conditions like Multiple Sclerosis... the medicinal benefits are enormous," says Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary."But it would have to be highly regulated."

Jeremy Corbyn went further. "It's obviously very beneficial to people... I think we should be adult and grown up as a society and decriminalise," he said.

"We should look at drugs policy as a whole."

2. Yvette Cooper is not afraid of Jeremy Corbyn The Shadow Home Secretary wants to win and she put in a polished performance. She pulled no punches went it came to Jeremy Corbyn's economic policies, attacking his 'people's quantitative easing', which would allow the Government to essentially print money to fund extra infrastructure spending, build homes and invest in green industries.

Corbyn argues the country should not be prepared to do this to save banks if the same would not be done to improve quality of life, but Cooper says the policy is not credible and that the Islington MP was offering people "false hope". …

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