“The Labour party needs to be an effective opposition more than ever – both in Westminster and in our streets – and I believe that suspending or delaying the leadership election would only undermine our ability to do that”.
A string of warnings that a Corbyn victory could split the party or turn it into a mere pressure group have emerged in recent days from former Labour politicians including Tony Blair, Neil Kinnock, Jack Straw, Gordon Brown, and – mostly recently – David Miliband.
According to the YouGov survey for The Times, the left-wing backbencher has nearly doubled his lead over closest rival Andy Burnham – despite numerous Labour figures lining up to discredit his leadership bid.
However, a spokesman confirmed that Mr Corbyn would seek to open up a discussion about “public ownership objectives for the 21st century” – including the railways – if he won the race to succeed Ed Miliband.
Amid concerns that non-Labour supporters have infiltrated the ballot, it’s emerged 1,200 members or supporters of another party have already been excluded from voting in the contest, including hundreds who stood against Labour in local or national elections. Ex-chief Ed...