A new Channel 4 / YouGov poll has further weakened the Prime Minister’s position. It shows that more Labour members want him out by the autumn than want him to stay and fight the election. Party members are usually the last group to turn against the leader so the numbers are particularly harmful and may steel the nerves of a few of those wavering about whether to sign the letter.
Just under a third of members think that Labour cannot win a general election under Brown. Two-thirds say Brown is a bad communicator and a majority think Labour would be better off if Blair was still in charge.
When it comes to the question of who should succeed Brown, 35 percent favour Alan Johnson and 12 percent David Miliband. No one else makes it into double figures.