Ukbd times desk:
sadiq khan is more popular among Londoners than jeremy corbyn as a potential Prime Minister.
The Mayor would transform Labour’s chances of beating Theresa May if he was leading his party, found research revealed today by YouGov for Queen Mary University of London.
Mr Khan is also massively more trusted than either Mr Corbyn or Mrs May to keep the country safe from terrorism, found the poll of 1,000 Londoners. They said he is doing a good job at City Hall by a three-to-one majority — including a clear majority of Tory voters who have a view.
The research found Labour clear ahead among London voters, with a 50 per cent vote share in mid-May, over the Tories on 34. But when voters were asked how they would vote if Mr Khan was leading Labour, Labour’s support surged to 54 per cent, with significant numbers of Lib Dems switching behind him.
The findings will boost Mr Khan’s growing status as a potential leader-in-waiting for Labour, based on his ability to appeal across the political divide.
When Londoners were asked how they would vote with shadow chancellor John McDonnell in charge, Labour’s share plunged to 42 per cent, as it did with shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry at the party’s helm.
When voters were asked if they trusted politicians to protect them against terrorists, only 41 per cent trusted Mr Corbyn and 42 trusted Mrs May.
But 51 per cent trusted Mr Khan, with just 30 per cent distrusting him.
Over six in 10 said he was doing a good job, against two in 10 who said he was doing badly.
“These are satisfaction figures most politicians would give their right arms for,” said Prof Philip Cowley, director of Queen Mary University’s Mile End Institute.
“It also seems as if he could increase Labour support at Westminister.