Over 1,200 people have responded to our survey on Keir Starmer’s first six months as Labour leader.

Surprisingly for many people who have been critical of the Labour leader, the vast majority of those who backed Starmer’s leadership campaign are happy with his record.

The graph below shows that Starmer supporters are mostly content.

The views of 350 people who voted for Keir Starmer to become Labour leader

Comments from Starmer supporters included:

‘People are warming to him – even those who do not vote labour. He looks reliable, sensible and electable.’

‘A leader who is statesmanlike and commands respect and knows how to choose a strong shadow cabinet. A team worker.’

Two respondents to the survey

Not impressed

On the other hand, those who did not vote for Starmer to be leader have certainly not been won over by his performance.

The views of 820 people who did not vote for Keir Starmer to be Labour leader

Although this is a small sample of the Labour membership, it does indicate that Keir Starmer has not done enough to win over those in the party who didn’t vote for him.

Comments on his record included:

‘He said he was going to unite the party, he has promoted all the most pernicious and divisive figures. There is zero democracy within the party. The membership has been silenced.’

‘To be honest, he’s totally disappointed me.’

Two respondents to the survey

Repercussions for NEC election

With Keir Starmer’s support holding up, it would seem that this could swing the NEC elections the way of the ‘Labour to Win’ slate – which unequivocally backs him. If ‘Labour to Win’ can pick up the 56% of the voters who supported Starmer in the leadership election then they have a very good chance of winning.

However, there is always a possibility that the turnout will be low. So it may well come down to which candidates – or slates – have the best policy offering that can attract Labour members to vote.

  • On Wednesday evening (7th October), we will be discussing Keir Starmer’s first six months as leader with members and supporters from all over the country – all with differing views. To join the discussion, register via the link below.

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  1. As a member in of Holborn & St Pancras, I’ve experienced first hand just what an anti democratic, slippery underhand enemy of labour Sir Kareer really is. The good will he benefited from over recent years, he entirely betrayed entirely.
    These self entitled arrogant right wing elitists saw clearly, demonstrably and incontestably that progressive actual democratic socialist policies were very very popular in this country, infact they were a winning ticket – even in the face of unprecedented smears and the most vicious lies and deceitful campaigning, to which they were party, but they could not and would not tolerate it. They, along with Sir Kareer as their figurehead, have systematically and underhandedly set about destroy socialism and democracy in this party. I can’t see Labour winning again now (Scotland won’t vote for him, the heartlands won’t vote for him, Wales? etc…) but if in the infinitesimal chance that it did somehow manage to form a government, that would probably be even worse. A Tory B team with a point to prove.

  2. I voted for JC previously but the slow response to anti semitism was really disheartening and by the summer of 2019 when we were getting crucified in the media it meant that we had lost our chance of getting the message across. John McDonnell in one interview expressed his frustration. I didn’t vote for Keir but i support him now. With the pandemic it has been difficult for the party to get together and discuss various issues properly and yes i want JC back but when i reflect on ehrc and other issues i would say that we are all to blame but we can all be part of the solution. We must communicate and i hope that there are enough people of goodwill of all shades of the party to quietly discuss the way forward. If we accept ehrc and move on and not score own goals we can save Britain from this mob. If we can’t then perpetual opposition beckons.

  3. I am no longer a party member, but l did vote for Sir Keir. I have no regrets in doing that and if l had my time over l would certainly do it again.

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