Joe Biden victory to help Keir Starmer's bid to oust Boris Johnson

JOE BIDEN's possible victory at the US election could help strengthen Labour Party leader Keir Starmer's bid to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson, two prominent Labour figures have claimed.

PUBLISHED: 15:47, Tue, Oct 20, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:48, Tue, Oct 20, 2020

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Since taking the reins of Labour in April, Sir Keir has been trying hard to restore the party's electability, distancing himself from previous leader Jeremy Corbyn's far left and trying to move on from Brexit. In June, Labour moderates dealt Corbynites a crushing blow, as they installed David Evans, who worked for the party under Tony Blair, as general secretary. The appointment came after an already wide-ranging Shadow Cabinet reshuffle, which saw a string of Corbynite frontbenchers including John McDonnell, Diane Abbott and Richard Burgon, replaced with figures from the party’s soft-left.

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Moreover, at the end of July, Sir Keir sacked Rebecca Long-Bailey from the frontbench for promoting an article containing an antisemitic conspiracy theory.

His efforts are already proving to be successful as at the end of September, the Labour Party registered its first polling lead under Sir Keir.

The Opinium poll for the Observer newspaper put Labour on 42 percent, with the Conservatives on 39 percent.

To make things worse for Mr Johnson, the outcome of the US election could also further complicate things.

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In last night's episode of BBC Newsnight, Labour peer Peter Mandelson said the election of Democratic nominee Mr Biden could help boost Sir Keir's popularity.

He said: "I think the election of Biden will certainly help and strengthen Keir Starmer and the Labour Party in Britain.

"It is because they are in some respects trying to operate and travel on parallel

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