William Hague made the plea to the holder of his old job as Tory leader [Image: Getty].

Before criticising the Labour Party, William Hague needs to realise that his own Tories currently have their least credible leader since… well, since him.

Does he really think topsy-turvy Theresa, who reverses her policies whenever big business tells her to, who is leading us out of the European Union and into a trade and finance desert, who is presiding over the collapse of our once-revered health service and the ruin of social care, and who is happy to support “disabled genocide”, as it was described on TV last week, could win a fairly-fought election?

Of course he doesn’t.

He’s banking on a strongly anti-Corbyn media reporting his words without offering even the slightest defence of the Labour leader, and it seems to be working – if the report quoted below, from the ostensibly Labour-supporting Mirror, is any yardstick.

Alongside the Hague comments, it reports on a YouGov poll stating that support for Mr Corbyn has fallen. Those of us who believe in the existence of a ‘soft coup’ (Tom Watson’s ‘Project Anaconda’, to put the squeeze on support for Mr Corbyn, perhaps?) may see corroboration of their suspicions in the finding that support for Mr Corbyn has fallen by 18 per cent.

But we can also see that hardly anybody wants a return to the hard-right (for Labour) politics of Yvette Cooper, Chuka Umunna or even current flavour-of-the-moment Keir Starmer.

Those names show how reporting of these polls are skewed, by the way – while the right-wingers were runners-up in a scenario that had Mr Corbyn standing (and winning) again, the results if he stood down showed very clearly that Labour members would want another left-wing leader.

According to the YouGov poll quoted by the Mirror, if Mr Corbyn stood down, Labour members would want John McDonnell as leader, even though he has said he would not stand, with Clive Lewis a distant second.

It’s fascinating, what you learn when you’ve got all the information, isn’t it?

Former Tory leader William Hague … called for an early general election hours after a grim new poll for Jeremy Corbyn .

The peer urged Theresa May to scrap the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act – which effectively gives Labour a veto on holding an election before 2020.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said it would “catch the Labour Party in its worst condition since the early Thirties, and with its least credible leader”.

Lord Hague’s plea came after a poll found Jeremy Corbyn has slumped among Labour Party members over the past 12 months.

The YouGov survey of Labour Party members showed support for the leader fell from 72% to 54% between February 2016 and February 2017.

But conversely Mr Corbyn remained way out in front of any other leading politician when Labour members were asked who was the best candidate for leader.

Source: William Hague urges Tories to force an early election while Jeremy Corbyn faces grim new poll

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