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Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer have been displaying their strengths as leaders in PMQs battles but it has led to some Labour supporters who voted for the Prime Minister in the last election to question whether they would vote for him again. A Times Radio focus group by James Johnson for polling firm Kekst CNC discussed the future of Labour now Jeremy Corbyn isn’t the leader. One participant told the broadcaster: “I think he’s definitely more electable than Jeremy Corbyn was.
“He’s shown leadership, he’s handled himself well against Mr Johnson so I think perhaps he’s one to look at for the future.”
Another added: “I think with the election, I was unsure. If I was to vote for Boris Johnson again, I don’t think I would.
“I’m indifferent of who I would vote for.”
A third said: “I did vote for Boris Johnson because I hated Jeremy Corbyn. Now, I’m not sure where I would go this time.”
One person noted: “I’m very glad that he’s there instead of Jeremy Corbyn but I don’t know what he stands for.
“I don’t know what he stood for during Brexit and I don’t know what he stands for now.”
Despite this, Corbyn-supporters have been a divisive force in the party.
Sir Keir is set to face a vote of no confidence from the Camden branch of left-wing organisation Momentum.
Sam Weinstein, Secretary of the Camden Momentum branch, has accused Sir Keir of “working closely with the police” in his former role of Director of Public Prosecutions.
It comes as Unite the Union leader Len McCluskey has warned the Labour Party should not be taking the union’s money for granted.
This follows the party’s decision to pay off former staff who sued it in an anti-Semitism row. Labour’s shadow minister for Policing and Fire, Sarah Jones, told Times Radio the party and its leader Sir Keir would not be beholden to the unions.
She said: “On the anti-Semitism point, Keir Starmer’s been completely clear: absolutely zero tolerance.
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“We will do completely the right things we need to do to make sure we stamp anti-Semitism out of our party, whatever it takes.
“I’m a member of Unite, and our trade unions are an incredibly important part of the Labour movement and a really important part of our economy.
“We’ve seen really good work in some sectors where unions have been working really strongly with employers during COVID to make sure the right things are done, the right safety measures are put in place and workers are treated properly.”
Host Stig Abell interjected: “But you don’t want Len McCluskey to be threatening the party like this.
“If the party does something, like you say, in its commitment to stand against anti-Semitism, you wouldn’t want the leader of your union to say they won’t give you the cash.”
Ms Jones answered: “Conversations will always happen, it’s not for me to be saying what Len should be doing or shouldn’t be doing.”
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