Names hotly tipped to replace Mr Corbyn include Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Emily Thornberry after Labour on Thursday night haemorrhaged 59 seats in the major ballot bringing the socialist party’s majority plummeting to 203. Express.co.uk readers waged their own bets on who should take over from Mr Corbyn, with the result being a Brexiteer after the veteran left-winger announced he would stay “neutral” on the subject of Britain’s departure from the EU two weeks before Britons raced to the polls. Up to 11 percent said Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan, should be crowned the new Labour leader, amounting to 326 of the vote.
Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips scooped 10 percent of votes, 287 participants.
Yvette Cooper, MP for Normanton, was next in line with 265 of the vote, amounting to nine percent.
Mr Starmer, MP for Holborn and St Pancras, got the same percentage but 281 of the vote.
Shadow Trade Secretary Emily Thornberry got four percent of the vote with 158 participants thinking she would make a good leader.
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Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, got the lowest number of votes
Ms Long-Bailey, who stood in for Mr Corbyn during one of the many TV debates, got just three percent of the vote with 109 people wanting to see her as leader.
Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, got the lowest number of votes with 87 – two percent.
Ms Rayner stood in for Mr Corbyn in this week’s BBC debate with an audience aged 18 to 30.
Up to 30 percent of voters clicked the ‘don’t know’ option – 792 people – and 20 percent clicked the ‘other’ option, which was 760 participants.
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Mr Starmer, MP for Holborn and St Pancras, got 281 of the vote
Data was collected on December 14 between 1.30pm and 8.30pm and saw 3,065 people take part.
Comments widely reflected the result of the poll – and Mr Corbyn’s timely departure.
One commenter said: “No one, Do Not Resuscitate!”
Another, referring to Diane Abbott who accidentally wore mismatched shoes on election day, added: “Was hoping to see Abbott’s name there. She’d get my vote straight away. Keep the laughs coming Labour!”
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Ms Long-Bailey, who stood in for Mr Corbyn during one of the many TV debates, got just three percent
A third added: “It’s not who should replace Corbin it’s who should replace Labour!!”
Another said: “Not one of them is fit for office. They are all totally discredited.”
A sixth comment read: “None of this lot is worthy of leading anything.”
The poll comes amid a red-on-red war in the Labour Party over who should take over from Mr Corbyn.
Emily Thornberry got four percent of the vote
MP Lucy Powell warned against replacing Mr Corbyn as leader of the party with shadow Brexit secretary Mr Starmer and she claimed the Labour Remainer would be unfit to lead.
Ms Powell, who assisted Ed Miliband during his leadership campaign, also claimed that merely replacing Mr Corbyn with a new leader would not solve the huge problems striking her party.
She said: “Many of these underlying trends began many years ago.
“We’ve been losing support in our heartland communities for many years.
The poll collected data from 1.30pm to 8.30pm
“Four elections in a row we’ve now lost and the underlying trend of each of those elections have been the same.
“They’ve been catalysed in this election by those same communities and many of those people feeling that we were just not carrying out what they wanted, which was for Brexit to happen.”
She added: “They’ve been catalysed by other decisions that we made along the way and, obviously, leadership is all part of that at the same time as well.
“So it’s all synonymous with each other and the idea that we can think that we can just change the person at the top, and somehow this will all snap back into place is a really big mistake.”
The UK will leave the EU next month
It comes as shadow chancellor John McDonnell has confirmed he will not be part of Labour’s next shadow cabinet following the party’s crushing defeat in Thursday’s election.