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Monday, 10 April 2017

Labour ADMITS DEFEAT? Voters asked if party should focus on winning after poor poll result.

LABOUR members seem to have given up hope of ever regaining power after voters were asked if the party should focus on “making gains” at upcoming local elections next month.

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Support for Jeremy Corbyn’s team has slumped to a devastating two-year low, with new polling data putting the party in its lowest position since before the general election.
Beleaguered Labour suffered unprecedented losses in recent by-elections, including the historic defeat in Copeland earlier this year as the seat turned blue for the first time since its creation in 1982.
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Labour has suffered a series of appalling poll results.
And embattled Islington MP Mr Corbyn has continued to desperately cling on to his leadership, despite facing repeated calls to step down.
Now it seems some members may have given up hope of ever winning back support, after a Labour List survey asked members whether the party should be “aiming to make gains at this point in the electoral cycle”.
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Corbyn has faced repeated calls to resign as Labour leader
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Copeland proved an embarrassing defeat for Labour and Corbyn
The local council elections on May 4 will see 2,730 seats up for grabs in 27 county councils, six unitary authorities and one metropolitan borough.
Although next month’s votes are in predominantly Tory heartlands with only three Labour areas for re-election, experts are predicting a huge swing away from the left wing party.
A new survey from Colin Rallings and Michael Thrasher predicts the Tories could snatch another 50 seats, with the Liberal Democrats expected to gain an extra 100.

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And an ICM poll for the Guardian revealed support for the Labour party has plummeted to just 25 per cent, while figures put Tory support at 43 per cent.
Now Labour List, the party’s biggest independent e-network, have used their weekly survey to quiz members as to whether the party should be trying to make gains on May 4.
The question asked: “Should Labour be aiming to make gains in May's local elections at this point in the electoral cycle?”
But the question has raised eyebrows among supporters, who claim the sole purpose of the Labour party right now should be to seek victories and try to regain control back from the Tories.
If there was a General Election tomorrow Labour would suffer an incredibly bad defeat
Labour List editor Peter Edwards
One voter, who recently gave up their membership in protest over Mr Corbyn’s “useless” leadership, said: “I don’t even understand how that is a question - obviously our focus should be on making gains.
“The Labour party has suffered such catastrophic losses, we should be doing all we can to regain ground and provide an adequate opposition again.
“But it seems many people, me included, have just given up. The way it’s currently going, we will never take back the ground we’ve lost.”
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Voters will take to the polls on May 4 in local elections
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Mr Corbyn allegedly gave a "confident" speech at a recent rally
Labour List editor Peter Edwards revealed of those surveyed, 90 per cent agreed gains must be made - but he acknowledged the difficult position the party finds itself in.
He told Express.co.uk: “I think they’re right - at this point when its mid term, when local authorities have had budget cuts, Labour has to be aiming to make gains.
“Of course that looks difficult but any opposition has to aim to make gains at local elections.
“No one should ever give up. Things change of course, we’re in a difficult position at the moment not just because of polls but also the long running disputes in the parliamentary Labour party.
“But Labour always has to aim to be a party of government or our activity is close to irrelevant.”

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Mr Edwards added he had recently seen Mr Corbyn speak at a pre-election rally, claiming he gave a “more confident speech than a year or so ago”.
But he added it felt like “one step froward and one step back”, after the Labour leader got into a row with an iTV journalist at the event.
He added: “I remember a time Labour were totally dominant and the Conservatives looked totally clueless. Things can change very quickly.
“Labour is the brand that gave us the NHS and minimum wage, so we have to stick with Labour and not branch off into a new party - but clearly there have been problems.
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Labour were abel to secure a win in Stoke to beat UKIP's Paul Nuttall
“If there was a General Election tomorrow Labour would suffer an incredibly bad defeat but I think local elections will be different.
“I would be wary of making predictions but [the local elections are] a building block for trying to get into government nationally,as it gives you a foothold.
“But clearly if we do very well there’s still an unresolved issue of a leader in parliament who doesn’t command the full confidence of his MPs.
“The polls tell us theres a long way to go.”
The Labour party has been contacted for comment.