Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CORBYN BLOW AS VOTERS FAVOUR SMITH; 57% Believe Labour Challenger Would Make Better Leader and Prime ministerCorbyn 'Not Providing Effective Opposition'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CORBYN BLOW AS VOTERS FAVOUR SMITH; 57% Believe Labour Challenger Would Make Better Leader and Prime ministerCorbyn 'Not Providing Effective Opposition'

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor exclusive

JEREMY CORBYN suffered a blow today as a new poll showed his rival Owen Smith soaring into a commanding lead on which of them would make the best Labour leader and Prime Minister. The survey for the Standard found that 57 per cent of the public favoured Mr Smith as party chief, against 43 per cent for Mr Corbyn.

On the question of who would make the best premier, the findings by BMG Research were exactly the same.

More than half of adults -- 57 per cent -- also believe that Labour under Mr Corbyn is failing to provide a Continued on Page 2 Continued from Page 1 proper opposition to hold the Government to account, with just 16 per cent saying it is.

But the findings are in stark contrast to those for Labour supporters, suggesting Mr Smith has a huge task to win over enough party followers to become leader in September.

Three quarters of people intending to vote Labour at the 2020 general election say Islington North MP Mr Corbyn would make the best party leader -- and PM -- while just a quarter name Pontypridd MP Mr Smith.

This is despite 44 per cent of Labour backers believing that the party is failing to provide a proper opposition to the Tories, compared with 38 per cent who think it is doing so.

Michael Turner of BMG Research said: "All the evidence suggests that Labour would be far more electable under Mr Smith.

"People who currently would not vote for the party but say they may consider it are far more in favour of a party led by him.

"He is also more attractive to current Liberal Democrat and Ukip supporters. But Mr Corbyn is still hugely more popular among current Labour backers." Mr Turner also described Labour as being in a "bizarre state of cognitive dissonance", given the strong support for Mr Corbyn despite the recognition that the party is failing to challenge the Government. …

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