By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
Published: 17:34 GMT, 26 February 2020 | Updated: 01:52 GMT, 27 February 2020
Sir Keir Starmer is on course for a crushing victory in the Labour leadership contest, according to a new YouGov poll of party members.
The shadow Brexit secretary is predicted to get 53 per cent of votes in the first round of counting which would be enough for him to surpass the 50 per cent threshold needed to win the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn.
His rivals Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are on 31 per cent and 16 per cent respectively.
The leadership battle will use an alternative vote system with activists asked to rank the candidates in order of preference, which can lead to multiple rounds of voting.
But the new survey, conducted by YouGov for Sky News, shows that Sir Keir could canter to victory in the first round, meaning second preference votes would not need to be allocated.
A YouGov poll for Sky News suggests Sir Keir Starmer is cruising to victory in the Labour leadership race
The poll shows Sir Keir, pictured at a leadership hustings in Durham on February 23, could win 53 per cent of the vote in the first round of counting
The numbers represent a massive boost to Sir Keir's campaign but they are likely to