More voters think Tony Blair makes Labour more electable than Jeremy Corbyn, poll finds
More voters believe Labour would be more electable if Tony Blair returned as leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn, a poll has found.
The exclusive poll finds that 36 per cent said “Labour has more chance of winning a general election if Tony Blair is leader”, but only 35 per cent said the same of Jeremy Corbyn.
A further 30 per cent said they don’t know.
Many are asking if Tony Blair should now become party leader and lead the Labour Party to victory in 2020.
The former Labour Prime Minister prompted speculation about his future when he was asked if he could “see himself returning to politics in some way” in an interview in Esquire magazine this month and replied: “That’s an open question.”
Most of those who think Labour would do better with Mr Blair currently vote Conservative (49 per cent say Mr Blair), Ukip (38 per cent) or Liberal Democrat (40 per cent).
When asked whether there was still room in UK politics for a centre-left party, Mr Blair told Esquire: “There’s been a huge reaction against the politics I represent. But I think it’s too soon to say the centre has been defeated.”
On foreign policy and making Brexit work for the British people, Corbyn’s beliefs appear popular.
New polling shows that the British public share his scepticism about trying to enforce a no-fly zone in Syria and are opposed to sending troops into the conflict, while want the Government to be more focussed on getting good trade deals than bringing down immigration.
The ComRes poll for the Independent and Sunday Mirror also shows that Britons agree with Philip Hammond’s decision to abandon George Osborne’s target of abolishing the deficit by 2020, a position also advocated by the Labour leadership.
However, on the issue of who would make the better prime minister, Corbyn trails Theresa May by 23 per cent to 57 per cent.
And in an even bigger surprise, voters believe by a slight margin that Tony Blair would be a bigger electoral boost to Labour than Corbyn – 36 per cent said the party has a better chance of winning under Blair, while 35 per cent said that Labour is more likely to win with Corbyn.
Jeremy Corbyn has used his leadership to signal a strong break from the New Labour era, while Blair has been a persistent critic of the current direction of the party.
He also recently hinted he may be considering making a comeback into British politics.
By 40 per cent to 30 per cent, people said that the UK should not try to enforce a no fly zone in Syria, and a huge 63 per cent are opposed to deploying British troops to take action against Syria – in line with Corbyn’s beliefs about the situation.
Corbyn also appears determined to defend freedom of movement during Brexit negotiations, while he apparently remains relaxed about opting out of certain aspects of the single market, meaning more independent trade deals with EU nations would have to be made.
Almost half, 49 per cent, of people said that striking favourable trade deals with Europe was a priority, compared to 39 per cent who said that reducing immigration should be the Government’s focus.
This comes as Labour List revealed this weekend that Tory MPs are pushing to get “average” trade deals in order to get it done quickly.