The Express may well regret asking who should be the next prime minister

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt and Andrea Leadsom
Fréa Lockley

On 10 June, the Express asked the UK who it would “like to see as the next Prime Minister”. Over 7,000 people responded. But the paper may well regret asking this question.

“Other (comment below)”

The right-wing tabloid set up a Twitter poll asking people to vote for leadership frontrunners Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt or Andrea Leadsom. It also gave space for people to vote for any other candidates and to “comment below”:

At the time of writing, over 75% voted “other” – and 7,000 people took the time to respond. There’s a clear winner.

Jeremy Corbyn.

As someone astutely pointed out:

Oh Jeremy Corbyn

Whilst this might seem like left-wing trolling, the results are actually pretty spot on. Johnson is currently “the clear favourite” in the leadership contest to replace Theresa May “with odds of 5/7”. Foreign secretary Hunt is placed at 5/1 with Leadsom on 8/1.

But most significantly, nearly all the latest opinion polls do put Corbyn’s Labour ahead in a general election:

In truth, there’s now far more support for a general election than for any Tory to lead the UK. Research by Sky established that, after the chaos of May’s resignation, “54% think there should be an immediate general election” as soon as the new leader is elected. Only 36% were against this.

Quite understandably, given the choice between racist Johnson, warmongering Hunt or offensive Leadsom, the majority of UK voters want a Corbyn led-government to end austerity, fight rising inequality and save our NHS.

So although the Express might regret asking this question, it did get the truth in response.

Featured image via Flickr – Financial TimesFlickr – Howard LakeWikimedia – Policy Exchange

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