More than half of Star readers back Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader in Star poll

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More than 100 people took part in a Star poll asking who the new Labour leader should be - with the majority backing Jeremy Corbyn.

In total 110 people answered the poll run on The Star’s website over the last two days.

There were 71 votes for left-winger Mr Corbyn, who has been MP for Islington North since 1983, at 65 per cent of the total.

In second place was Yvette Cooper, who is a Yorkshire MP as she represents Normanton, Castleford and Pontefract, and is currently the party’s shadow Home Secretary.

Her support totalled 16 votes, with 15 per cent of the total.

Andy Burnham, who is perceived nationwide to be in second place in the contest, was third in the Star poll. He is due to speak at a rally in Sheffield tomorrow, at The Crucible and Tudor Square.

The shadow health secretary attracted 14 votes, or 13 per cent of the majority.

In last place - as with the national polls - was Liz Kendall, who is the most right wing of the four candidates.

She received just nine votes from Star readers, which is eight per cent of the total.

On Twitter, readers explained why they were backing which candidate.

Robin La Roca said that for him it was Jeremy Corbyn.

He said: “Win or lose an election, Labour needs to revisit the left if only to say ‘well, we’ve tried that.’”

Frank Bigley added: “Corbyn, because he is bonkers.

“The country needs a laugh.”

The new Labour leader - who will follow in Doncaster MP Ed Miliband’s footsteps after he stood down following the Conservative’s election victory - is due to be announced in less than two weeks time, on September 12.

On the same day the new deputy leader will also be announced.

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley in South Yorkshire, is among those in the running for the deputy leadership.

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