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Leadership tremors in Labour ahead of UK polls

world Updated: Nov 10, 2014 01:05 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times
Labour Party

Six months before the May 2015 general elections, the Labour party has been rattled by increasing support for a change of leadership after popular perception reflected in opinion polls continues to indicate less confidence in Ed Miliband.

Miliband, who became the leader of the party in 2010 after Gordon Brown resigned as PM and leader of the party after Labour’s defeat in the general elections, successfully contested against his more popular brother, David Miliband.

But since then, there have been rumblings in the party over Ed Miliband’s ability to lead the part to victory in the 2015 elections, and his performances in public and during the high-profile weekly spats with PM David Cameron during Question Time in parliament did nothing to improve his ratings.

Following days of reports of growing unease within the party, The Observer and The Sunday Times reported at length about the crisis-in-making, and indicated that Alan Johnson was the most acceptable leader if he chose to contest the leadership.

A YouGov poll for The Sunday Times found that only 34% of people who voted Labour last time believe that Miliband is up to the job of prime minister, compared with 51% a month ago.