Damian from Brighton (Opinion, c/o Voice Britannia)
Keir Starmer was elected Labour leader on April 4th 2020. His supporters claim he has an overwhelming mandate, and are quick to cite his 56.2% vote share win as evidence of that, but the closer you look at the results the less credible that claim appears to be.
Starmer spent more money (donated by wealthy businessmen) on his #KeirForLeader campaign than any candidate has ever spent on any internal election in Labour’s history.
Despite that advantage, and despite campaigning for several months, he won just 35% of the eligible vote.
More people did not vote (300k) than voted for him. Mass disengagement from such a crucial election is deeply concerning.
Members will have to wait six months or so for accurate membership numbers to find out how many people have left and joined since Starmer became leader.
The election results show that even with the backing of rich donors, the full support of the Labour right-wing and a very friendly press, Starmer still struggles to reach outside his largely Remain-supporter bubble.
To make matters worse, as the leadership hustings revealed to the public, Starmer is a pedestrian and uncharismatic performer.
It is worth briefly mentioning Starmer’s political backstory …
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