Jeremy Corbyn would lose 44 seats for Labour, new polling suggests
Dozens of MPs in the north and south of England are now in line to be ejected from the Commons, it is claimed.
Labour would lose a whopping 44 seats if there was a general election tomorrow, new polling suggests.
Jeremy Corbyn’s party is now down to 27 per cent while the Tories have risen to 43 per cent in the ICM survey.
The Conservative and Labour numbers are respectively the highest and lowest recorded in an ICM poll since October 2009.
They were immediately seized on by Saving Labour, the campaign group which is dedicated to ousting Corbyn. It claimed that the polling translated into a loss of 44 seats for Labour.
Among those said to be set to lose their seats are a clutch of MPs with constituencies in the south of England, such as Wes Streeting in Ilford North, Rupa Huq in Ealing Central & Acton, Tulip Siddiq in Hampstead & Kilburn and Ruth Cadbury in Brentford & Isleworth.
But Labour MPs with constituencies in the north of England would also be ejected from the Commons, it is claimed. They would include Holly Lynch in Halifax, Paul Farrelly in Newcastle Under Lyme, John Woodcock in Barrow & Furness and Chris Matheson in City of Chester. And Corbyn ally Cat Smith is said to be in line to lose her seat of Lancaster & Fleetwood.
In the Midlands, Gisela Stuart would lose Birmingham Edgbaston, Vernon Coaker would lose Gedling and Natascha Engel would lose Derbyshire North East.
The ICM survey puts the Tories on 43% - four points up on a fortnight ago - and Labour down 2 points to 27%.
Ukip are in third place on on 13%, with the Liberal Democrats behind them on 8%, and the SNP and Greens both on 4%.
Although Labour leads among 18 to 34-year-olds, the Conservatives hold a big advantage among over-35s, and are a staggering 35 points ahead of Labour with pensioners.
“Clearly, the relative calm associated with the handover of power from David Cameron to Theresa May, allied to the current Labour leadership challenge weighs heavily on electors’ minds,” said ICM’s Martin Boon.
The latest poll adds to the pressure on Corbyn, with one Labour MP saying it showed that is "time to wake up".