Jeremy Corbyn unlikely to quit before 2020, says legendary pollster John Curtice

Labour secret polling: 'It would be odd if Jeremy Corbyn resigned before 2020', says professor

Secret polling on who could replace Jeremy Corbyn has reportedly taken place

Monday, February 13, 2017

One of the world's most respected election pundits has said it's unlikely Jeremy Corbyn will quit before 2020, despite recent polling figures.

Professor John Curtice spoke to talkRADIO after it was reported that Labour has carried out secret polling to test the popularity of Corbyn's potential replacements.

The Sunday Times claims Labour strategists were testing the popularity of John McDonnell, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Angela Rayner.

Professor Curtice, known for his ability to forecast election results, told Sam Delaney: “Given [Corbyn] decided to stay on when challenged last year, it would be odd for him to give up before 2020.

"I think the expectation is that he will try to solider on as leader."

However Curtice described Labour's recent polling figures as "dire" and suggested the party must think long and hard about its current plight.

Listen to the full interview above