Labour leadership: 'There will be some form of truce' if Jeremy Corbyn wins, says political journalist

Labour leadership: 'There will be some form of truce' if Jeremy Corbyn wins, says political commentator

Jeremy Corbyn is leading in the Labour leadership polls

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

There will be a truce between the Labour party's warring factions if Jeremy Corbyn wins the party's leadership election, according to the deputy editor of politics.co.uk.

Adam Bienkov was speaking to talkRADIO in light of a new poll which suggests Corbyn is ahead by 24 points. 

The YouGov survey for The Times, which included only those entitled to vote, gives the current leader a 62% majority, with Owen Smith on 38%.

Corbyn has the most support from all groups allowed to vote - full members, union affiliates and registered supporters.

Bienkov told talkRADIO: "If you just restrict the poll to people who were members before May last year Owen Smith has a huge lead. What we're seeing here is a huge influx in new members joining from the left.

"They're not necessarily looking for who can lead them to victory at the next general election, partly because I think Labour's chances, whoever is their leader, are quite narrow.

"There could be a formal split [if Corbyn wins]. What they could do is form a party within a party and try and get recognised as the official opposition by the speaker.

"What I think will happen is there will be some form of truce."

Listen to the full interview to find out more