New data reveals Labour set to lose 19 seats if Corbyn backs Brexit
On the eve of the Labour Party Conference, new polling warns of electoral disaster if the party backs down on Brexit.
The survey, carried out by pressure group Global Britain comes on the eve of the Labour conference in Liverpool, where delegates are expected to vote on calls for the party to back a second EU referendum.
Leave-backing Labour figures from tonight urged activists and trade union representatives at the gathering not to put the party’s election hopes at risk by backing the call.
Kate Hoey, Labour MP for Vauxhall and a prominent Leave campaigner, said: “I’m not surprised at this. Whenever I go outside London I am constantly told by Labour supporters that they wish my party would stop playing politics on the issue of our leaving the EU and get on with ensuring the delivery of a proper Brexit.”
Brendan Chilton, of Labour Leave, said: “This research confirms our view that if the party does commit to supporting a second referendum then it will lose far more than it gains.
“We will lose around 20 seats in the survey and see our vote depressed in many Tory-held seats as well.
“The majority of voters don’t want a second referendum and want the Government to get on with Brexit.
“It is only a small group of people in London that wants a second referendum.”
The survey quizzed around 10,000 voters in the 25 most marginal Labour-held constituencies including Peterborough, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Keighley, Crewe and Nantwich, Canterbury and Glasgow North East.
Almost half of all voters (44%) in the 25 constituencies would be less likely to support their local MP at the next general election if they voted in Parliament to block Brexit, the survey found.
In Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, 56% of voters said they would be less likely to vote for sitting Labour MP Gloria de Piero. In Dudley North the figure was 55% and in Keighley, West Yorkshire, the figure was 46%.
It found that nearly half of them (45%) thought Brexit was the most important issue facing the country.