Bookies shorten odds making Corbyn favourite to win
Jeremy Corbyn is set to triumph in the Labour leadership election in the first round of voting, according to the latest YouGov poll.
The left-wing leadership front runner took 53% of the vote in the poll, showing an increase of 10% over rival contenders in the last three weeks.
Though the results point to a decisive victory for Corbyn, the reputations of pollsters including YouGov remain in tatters after they all failed to predict a Tory majority at the general election.
Nonetheless, Peter Kellner, YouGov president said that the result was so persuasive that he could only see a win for Corbyn as the outcome.
Writing in the Times he said: “I would personally be astonished if Mr Corbyn does not end up Labour’s leader.” But he added: “I have seldom released a poll with as much trepidation as I have done this time.”
In London, Corbyn’s support is even higher with 62%. Yvette Cooper took 16% of the London vote, Liz Kendall 12% and Andy Burnham just 11%.
Jeremy Corbyn’s support is enormous in London, according to YouGov/Times poll. pic.twitter.com/8UejFdXQmC
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) August 10, 2015
Meanwhile, bookies have shortened odds on Jeremy Corbyn to see him move ahead of Burnham as overall favourite.
At the time of publishing, Ladbrokes odds are as follows:
Jeremy Corbyn: 2/1
Andy Burnham: 3/1
Yvette Cooper: 9/2
Liz Kendall: 100/1
Rally tally grows
Attendance at Corbyn’s rallies has been consistently high.
Last week, a major rally in London saw over 1,500 people attempting to get inside Camden Town Hall, with two overspill halls full of people and over 500 outside who were addressed by Corbyn from the top of a fire engine. Nearly 1,000 turned out for a rally in Norwich, and this week, over 500 people arrived at a rally for the candidate in the small seaside town of Llandudno, in North Wales, which only has a population of 20,000.
Speaking in Llandudno Corbyn said: “One should never take anyone’s support for granted.”
With little over 24 hours until the deadline for supporters to sign up and vote for the Labour leadership candidates and mayoral candidates, Corbyn has extended his lead considerably.