A new website promoted by Jeremy Corbyn's camp in an attempt to dispel myths about the Labour leader appears to be blaming the party's rebels for its poor performance in polls.
CorbynFacts.com, revealed by the Labour leader's official campaign yesterday and launched during last night's Labour's second leadership hustings, prominently features the claim that Labour and the Conservatives were “neck and neck” in polls after the EU referendum.
And speaking in last night's debate in Gateshead, Corbyn claimed Labour were "ahead in the polls" before the challenge to his leadership.
However, Britain Elects, which maintains rolling averages of polls, argues Labour has not led in polling since the last general election.
Corbyn's party has been put in the lead by a total of three polls in 2016, all between mid-March and late April this year.
In each case the lead was three per cent or less, while only one poll has shown a tie between the two parties since the June 23 vote – a Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday which put both sides on 32 per cent.
Of the remaining 55 polls showing a Conservative lead, the party of David Cameron and Theresa May has held an average lead of 6 per cent.
A Corbyn spokesman could not be reached for comment.