Jeremy Corbyn crowned the least popular Opposition leader since records began

Jeremy Corbyn crowned the least popular Opposition leader since records began

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JEREMY Corbyn suffered an eve of conference bombshell on Friday as he was crowned the least popular Opposition leader since records began.

The devastating blow comes as he was ridiculed for his muddled Brexit position after he refused eight times to say if he is pro Leave or Remain.

Jeremy Corbyn has been branded the least popular Opposition leader ever in a devastating opinion poll

And in a torrid day for the Labour chief, Emily Thornberry humiliated him by breaking ranks to demand they become an all-out Remain party.

An Ipsos MORI poll found that a whopping 76 per cent of Brits are dissatisfied with Mr Corbyn while just 16 per cent are happy with him.

It means the hard-left Labour boss has a satisfaction score of minus 60 – the lowest of any Opposition leader since their records began in 1977.

This is even lower than Michael Foot, who scored a minus 56 in August 1982.

Mr Foot led Labour to a devastating defeat against Margaret Thatcher the following year with a manifesto dubbed “the longest suicide note in history”.

Keiran Pedley, Research Director at Ipsos MORI, said the findings should terrify Labour activists.


He said: “Corbyn’s historically dire personal poll ratings will concern Labour supporters as the party heads into an expected General Election.

“When Tony Blair and David Cameron assumed office from opposition both had positive net satisfaction scores and Corbyn’s currently stands at -60.”

The sensational poll comes just a day after Mr Corbyn admitted he is “daunted” at the prospect of being PM.

But his right-hand man, shadow chancellor John McDonnell, has ruled out succeeding him, insisting the next Labour leader should be a woman.

The Labour Party conference kicks off in Brighton on Saturday.

Mr Corbyn is desperately trying to divert attention from the Brexit row ripping by focusing on green policies at the five-day conference.

While Corbynista activists are determined to transform Labour into a hard-left party by pushing motions calling for private schools to be abolished, an open door immigration policy and beefed up trade union rights.


But Labour’s bodged Brexit dogged the party again after Mr Corbyn refused eight times to say if he backs Leave or Remain.

In an interview with ITV News, the desperate leader insisted: “It’s not a muddled position. I’m fed up with this country’s divisions.”

But in a separate interview with the BBC, Mr Corbyn suggested he will campaign for Remain if Labour adopts the policy at conference.

He said: “I, Jeremy Corbyn, am a servant of the people and the party.”

But mocking Labour’s “dither and delay”, Tory MP Henry Smith blasted: “Corbyn is trying to take people for fools by refusing to give a straight answer on Brexit.”

While Ms Thornberry lobbed a grenade into the debate by saying a Labour government should tell Europe “You know that we are a Remain party. You know that we want to remain.”

But close Corbyn Unite union baron Len McCluskey slammed shadow ministers pushing for Remain.

He raged: “The ultras on either side of the referendum fence will never be satisfied but this should not deflect Labour and our movement from our responsibility to bring our country together.

“But it would be wrong — plain daft, in fact — for the party to take a position before any deal.”

Remainer activists are gearing up for a titanic showdown meeting in Brighton on Sunday night where they will launch an all-out bid to force Labour to become a full-blown anti Brexit party.

Former Labour leader Michael Foot was previously considered the worst
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