Britain's biggest left-wing tabloid has called on Jeremy Corbyn to resign - but a poll suggests the vast majority of its readers don't agree.
The Labour-supporting Daily Mirror published a front page urging Corbyn to "GO NOW" and said the party leader "must quit now for his party and his country".
The newspaper - Britain's third biggest daily with a circulation of 780,000 - explained it was sending a "heartfelt" message to Corbyn and "regretfully" demanding he step down, after 46 resignations from his Shadow Cabinet and frontbench since Sunday.
"It is a damning rejection of his leadership," the paper's editorial said, adding that Corbyn is a "decent man" but has "lost control of his MPs" and the party faces its "biggest crisis" for decades.
The Mirror's stance is another blow for Corbyn, who faces a vote of no confidence and has been told to quit by Margaret Hodge, Alan Johnson and others.
But the Mirror's own readers don't seem to agree, according to a live poll launched last night on the newspaper's website. At the time of writing, with over 1,000 votes, 78% of the Mirror's readers said Corbyn should not quit:
"While he is a decent and principled man, it is now clear he is not cut out to unite and lead Labour through these turbulent times and beat the Tories in a snap general election," The Mirror wrote.
"And that is why, regretfully, the Mirror today calls on him to step down for the good of the party and the country."
The Mirror backed Remain in the EU referendum, saying: “This paper certainly has its issues with the EU but after the most divisive, vile and political campaign in living memory, we say ... vote remain tomorrow”.
They agreed to stage a secret ballot on a motion of ‘no confidence’ in him on Tuesday, which is expected to be passed by an overwhelming majority.
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