Sir Keir Starmer on course to cruise to victory in the Labour leadership race

Sir Keir Starmer is on course to cruise to victory in the Labour leadership race with a new poll showing he could win 53% of votes with Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy trailing far behind Sir Keir Starmer is the overwhelming favourite in the Labour leadership contest A new YouGov poll suggests the frontrunner is on course for a crushing victory He is on 53 per cent, Ms Long-Bailey on 31 per cent and Ms Nandy on 16 per cent  Numbers suggest shadow Brexit secretary could win the contest in first round 

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 17:34 GMT, 26 February 2020 | Updated: 01:52 GMT, 27 February 2020

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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

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 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

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