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Sunday, June 01, 2014

Miliband not trusted say Progress

The Times reports that Progress, a Blairite group associated with a number of MPs in Mr Miliband’s team believes that the Labour leader is failing to convince voters that his party can be trusted with the economy and faces questions over his leadership qualities:

An editorial on the Progess website said that Labour needed to improve on several fronts. “As in 1992, its failure to convince the electorate that it can be trusted with the economy undermines much else it tries to do,” the article said. Labour, it added, lagged the Tories on economic competence and leadership.

Those associated with Progress include Lord Adonis and Tristram Hunt, the shadow education secretary, whilst its annual conference this week was addressed by Chuka Umunna, the shadow business secretary.

Inside Westminster in the Independent seems to agree. They say that Labour’s ship is a not happy one after disappointing local and European election results:

The criticism of Ed Miliband from his backbenchers was louder than the very muted Tory noises off about David Cameron. Anyone would have thought that Labour had come third in the Euro elections, not the Tories. Mr Cameron’s party looks more confident about the general election than Labour.

It is nothing compared to the agonies the Liberal Democrats are going through of course but nevertheless it is a timely reminder that the only party who was happy about the European election results was UKIP>
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