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The Labour leadership race is Keir Starmer’s to lose

If you believe betting odds, Rebecca Long-Bailey is a shoo-in to be Labour leader, after the shadow chancellor John McDonnell on Sunday anointed her as the candidate most likely to build on the Corbyn/McDonnell project.

But punters may be getting ahead of themselves.

For one thing, I am told that a YouGov poll of Labour members carried out in the week of the general election delivered the same result as a YouGov poll in July – namely it showed that Keir Starmer is more popular among members than any other candidate.

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Robert Peston
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Robert Peston is Political Editor of ITV News and host of the weekly political discussion show Peston. His articles originally appeared on his ITV News blog.

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