Labour suffered its worst defeat since 1935 in the December 2019 general election and the party is now desperately trying to rebuild its image in an effort to win back voters. But a recent poll suggests party chiefs have a lot of work to do, as two thirds of Britons haven’t heard of any of the candidates in the running to be the next Labour leader. The Deltapoll, seen by The Daily Telegraph, found that respondents didn’t even recognise frontrunners Sir Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long Bailey - even when shown their photographs.
Pollsters surveyed 1,513 British adults online between December 24, 2019 and January 2, 2020 and found that only a quarter had heard of Sir Keir, the shadow Brexit secretary, who bookmakers currently place as the clear favourite to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.
Even fewer, just 15 percent, said they were familiar with Ms Long Bailey, a Corbyn-loyalist who has been dubbed the “continuity candidate”.
The shadow business secretary has refused to admit Mr Corbyn was a disastrous Labour leader, and even scored his leadership “10 out of 10” in an interview with ITV on Tuesday.
Ms Long Bailey has also defended Labour’s policies and instead blamed the party’s campaign strategy for its colossal defeat in last month’s election.
Two third of British adults do not recognise Labour leadership candidates, poll finds (Image: Getty)
Keir Starmer is the current favourite to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader (Image: Getty)
The survey found that Yvette Cooper was the most recognised Labour politician with 32 percent, even though she isn’t even running in the leadership race.
Ms Cooper, who declined to serve in Mr Corbyn’s fronbrench team after coming third to him in the 2015 leadership election, said she would not run to be the next Labour leader amid fears she would struggle to win the support of all wings of the party.
Emily Thornberry was next on the list, with 26 percent of people recognising the shadow foreign secretary.
Just 15 percent knew who Jess Phillips was, the