Theresa May: The new prime minister is enjoying a bounce in the polls - but for how long? [Image: AFP/Getty Images.]

Theresa May: The new prime minister is enjoying a bounce in the polls – but for how long? [Image: AFP/Getty Images.]


This is what happens when MPs rebel against their party leader.

Labour was level with the Conservative Party in the polls on June 26, when shadow cabinet members started their series of co-ordinated, on-the-hour, “spontaneous” resignations.

Now, after a series of contrived stunts designed to undermine party leader Jeremy Corbyn – whose support base among the Labour membership has only become stronger – Labour has dropped 16 points behind.

This is Hilary Benn’s responsibility. And Angela Eagle’s. Also Owen Smith’s.

It may be Conor McGinn’s. It is certainly Margaret Hodge’s and Anne Coffey’s.

It is Thangam Debbonaire’s responsibility, and Lilian Greenwood’s; also Seema Malhotra’s.

It is Tristram Hunt’s responsibility. And Heidi Alexander’s.

Those are just the names that occurred to This Writer as I was typing up this piece. You may wish to add more.

One person who certainly isn’t responsible for the poll dip is Jeremy Corbyn. He just wants to get on with defeating the Conservatives.

That used to be the desire of every Labour MP, not so long ago.

Theresa May’s Conservatives have extended their lead over Labour to 16-points in a new opinion poll, prompting fresh speculation the new Prime Minister may call an early general election.

On current parliamentary boundaries, the latest of four surveys reflecting the premier’s honeymoon period would increase the party’s slender majority of 12 to a massive 102.

Source: Speculation over snap election as Tories take 16-point lead in polls | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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