Some 53% of Labour supporters say he should get a second chance
As he indicated in his conference speech, he believes that a failure to persuade the public of Labour’s case could be blamed on disunity among MPs.
Other allies, who point out that Neil Kinnock was allowed to fight a second election even after his 1987 defeat, are ready to argue that any loss would also be down to the media’s portrayal of the Labour leader.
Labour party members, even more than Labour voters, are also likely to insist that he is allowed to stay on whatever the result of the next election, allies say.
Some insiders say that an online campaign to #KeepCorbyn is ready to mobilise again should he lose a snap election in 2017, with some arguing that he has not been given long enough to persuade the public of his case for ‘socialism of the 21st century’.
However, trade unions, as well as MPs, are likely to advise Corbyn to step aside if he loses.