Jeremy Corbyn is Labour members' favourite leader of the past century

James Morris
Senior news reporter, Yahoo News UK
Jeremy Corbyn, Ed Miliband and Tony Blair (PA)

Jeremy Corbyn is the most popular Labour leader of the past century, according to a poll of party members.

Despite overseeing Labour’s general election disaster last month, Mr Corbyn came out on top in a new YouGov survey of 1,005 members.

They were given a list of 13 former leaders and asked whether they had a favourable or unfavourable view of each one, with Mr Corbyn getting 71 per cent approval and 29 per cent disapproval.

It demonstrates his continued popularity among left-wing members, despite being ultimately responsible for the party’s worst election performance since 1935.

The YouGov responses on past Labour leaders (YouGov)

However, he was still only slightly ahead of his predecessor, Ed Miliband, who stood down after another poor election result in 2015. Mr Miliband had 70 per cent approval and 27 per cent disapproval, with three per cent unsure.

Tony Blair - Labour’s most successful leader of recent times, having led the party to power in three elections in the 1990s and 2000s - had by far the highest proportion of disapproval at 62 per cent, with just 37 per cent approval.

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The former leader with the next highest level of disapproval was Neil Kinnock, with 35 per cent.

Elsewhere in the same survey, 76 per cent of members considered Rebecca Long-Bailey as the “Corbynite” candidate in the ongoing leadership contest.

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