Which Labour leadership candidate was the most popular in Google searches in Brighton and Hove?

Posted On 09 Sep 2015 at 11:00 pm

The most popular Labour leadership candidate in Brighton and Hove in terms of Google searches is Jeremy Corbyn.

He topped the searches in the three parliamentary constituencies – Hove, Brighton Pavilion and Brighton Kemptown.

The finding came to light in research carried out by Google News Labs and Alasdair Rae of Sheffield University for the BBC.

Labour leadership candidates Liz Kendall, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leadership candidates Liz Kendall, Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Jeremy Corbyn

And today the BBC published the findings in a map of the country showing that Mr Corbyn topped the search rankings in 539 of the 650 parliamentary constituencies. The searches were made from the start of June until last Thursday (3 September).

It came with the rider that searches are not necessarily an indicator of popularity although Mr Corbyn is the runaway favourite, according to every high street bookmaker.

And of course the searches will not have been carried out only by Labour supporters.

Hove MP Peter Kyle and Brighton and Hove City Council leader Warren Morgan have both given their backing to the outsider Liz Kendall. She is widely regarded as a Blairite.

Voting closes at noon tomorrow (Thursday 10 September). The result is due to be declared late on Saturday morning (12 September) at a special conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster.

  1. Gerald Wiley Reply

    Mustn’t confuse popularity in searches with actual support for the Marxist lunatic…

  2. Valerie Paynter Reply

    Not a member of any Party, but find the kerfuffle fascinating. I reckon a complacent Labour Party machine is going to be given a thorough clean-out if Corbyn wins.

    His job will not be to win in 2020. His job will be to erase the last traces of BLAIR and his toxic influence.

    I feel that Corbyn will shake the Labour party up in a constructive way. He won’t remain in post for the next General Election. Cannot see that.

    This morning on Sussex Radio former MP Ivor Caplin said something most revealing. He is opposed to Corbyn because Corbyn is seen as disloyal to the Party. Unforgiveable to Caplin.

    But loyalty to Parties is the main problem!

    Loyalty to principles and the electorate should come first and lead to the creation of Parties reflecting THAT. Too many politicians are all about the Party – little more than private clubs/cabals/cults which seek POWER over others.

    And maybe, just maybe, Corbyn will be the catalyst – and a catalyst for change is how I see him – bringing a way of thinking that is perhaps finding its ‘right time’ – because the public is ready for it.

    • Gerald Wiley Reply

      @Valerie – I assume that as you are now become a proud supporter of the Green Party in it’s role as a far-left socialist party, you would naturally support Corbyn.

      What is your view on the future of the Green Party if Corbyn does win? Will many of the current ex-Labour supporters (such as the inimitable HJarrs who seems to have disappeared from these comments) switch back to Labour?

      I just wonder, if that if he does win, then come Monday, Caroline Lucas will switch to Labour and take a pivotal role in the new shadow cabinet.

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