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Since taking the reins of Labour in April, Sir Keir has been trying hard to restore the party’s electability, distancing himself from previous leader Jeremy Corbyn’s far left and trying to move on from Brexit. In June, Labour moderates dealt Corbynites a crushing blow, as they installed David Evans, who worked for the party under Tony Blair, as general secretary. The appointment came after an already wide-ranging Shadow Cabinet reshuffle, which saw a string of Corbynite frontbenchers including John McDonnell, Diane Abbott and Richard Burgon, replaced with figures from the party’s soft-left.
Moreover, at the end of July, Sir Keir sacked Rebecca Long-Bailey from the frontbench for promoting an article containing an antisemitic conspiracy theory.
His efforts are already proving to be successful as at the end of September, the Labour Party registered its first polling lead under Sir Keir.
The Opinium poll for the Observer newspaper put Labour on 42 percent, with the Conservatives on 39 percent.
To make things worse for Mr Johnson, the outcome of the US election could also further complicate things.
In last night’s episode of BBC Newsnight, Labour peer Peter Mandelson said the election of Democratic nominee Mr Biden could help boost Sir Keir’s popularity.
He said: “I think the election of Biden will certainly help and strengthen Keir Starmer and the Labour Party in Britain.
“It is because they are in some respects trying to operate and travel on parallel tracks.
“I think he [Sir Keir] is prepared to make it absolutely clear that he is not going to be the competent face of Corbynism.
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“That project is long gone. It is now behind us.”
In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, lifelong Labour Party supporter and donor John Mills echoed Lord Mandelson’s claims, saying: “I think on the whole it would be an advantage for Starmer if Biden wins.
“The polls suggest that Biden has got a very reasonable chance to win and if that’s the case, Starmer will want to have a good relationship with him.
“Biden is on the central left, so he and Starmer are natural allies.”
With less than three weeks to go until the US polls open, Mr Biden has taken a double-digit lead over President Donald Trump, according to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.
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The former Vice President leads Mr Trump 54 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in the poll.
It is the highest level of support Mr Biden has achieved since the poll began testing the head-to-head matchup in February.
Since the start of the campaign, the former Vice President has tried to present himself as the “moderate” candidate.
During the primary campaign, he was the moderate alternative to candidates, such as Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who promoted more sweeping reforms.
The Democratic electorate decided that precisely because he was more of a centrist, he would be the most palatable to the general electorate.
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