Re. polls, FT,
"With the Conservative government in disarray over Brexit and beset by rumours of a leadership challenge against Theresa May, the opposition might expect to be far ahead in the opinion polls. Instead, Labour and the Conservatives are neck and neck. Moreover, a recent YouGov poll found that 20 per cent of the public thought Mr Corbyn was doing well as a leader, compared with 27 per cent for the far from popular Mrs May. “This government is the most incompetent, paralysed government on the biggest issue facing our country since the second world war, and we should be racing ahead, but we aren’t,” says one senior Labour figure. "
"Mr Corbyn believes he is in pole position to become prime minister should Mrs May’s Brexit negotiations collapse and force her to hold yet another general election. Yet Labour is convulsed by internal battles between different wings of the party, by an endless row over anti-Semitism and by enduring doubts about Mr Corbyn’s world views and past associations. MPs also feel besieged by hostile, often offensive grassroots members who accuse them of disloyalty to the leader. Speculation is growing about some of them forming a breakaway, more moderate party.All these tensions raise the question: was last June’s election a staging post towards a Corbyn government, or was it the high watermark of his movement?