Labour support at ballot box could be halved at Oldham by-election, polling suggests
Senior figures, including a shadow cabinet minister, have expressed alarm at the prospects for Labour in the upcoming by-election
Labour support at the ballot box could be halved in the first electoral test for Jeremy Corbyn since becoming leader, private polling by the party has suggested.
Senior figures, including a shadow cabinet minister, have expressed alarm at the prospects for Labour in the upcoming Oldham by-election, with Mr Corbyn seen as a problem on the doorstep with voters, as the crisis over his leadership deepens.
In door-to-door canvassing in the constituency ahead of May’s general election, local party workers are understood to have found 32 per cent of voters were supporting Labour.
Five reasons why Oldham is not necessarily in the bag for Labour
The forthcoming by-election in Oldham West and Royton is the first significant test at the ballot box of this parliament. To be sure, Labour starts as strong favourite – it has won the seat and its predecessors at every general election since the war, most recently with 55 per cent of the vote and an increased majority of almost 15,000. Ukip, which finished second in May, will be disadvantaged by the constituency’s ethnic diversity.
How worried should Labour be about the Oldham West and Royton by-election?
Labour’s Ukip problem – which cost the party seats under Ed Miliband – shows no sign of going away.