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Friday, August 02, 2013

Miliband continues to take unfriendly fire from his own party

Following on from yesterday's column by Dan Hodges in the Daily Telegraph reported here, yet more Labour insiders have started to queue up to have a pop at their leader.

Today it is George Mudie, the Labour MP for Leeds East, who according to today's Telegraph jumped in to accuse Ed Miliband of being too "young" and has been failing to "set the agenda", leaving MPs unsure what Labour stands for:

In a series of coruscating comments, George Mudie, MP for Leeds East and a former Government minister, described his party as "slightly confused" under Mr Miliband's leadership.

Speaking to the BBC's World at One, he said he is "deeply worried" about the direction of Labour as the party does not seem to be "energetic" enough.

“One of Ed’s problems really is that he’s young, and, of course, the way he came to power – the problem with his brother, the fact that the trade unions had a major say and I still think he’s trying to find himself," Mr Mudie said.

“I have difficulty knowing what we stand for now… I think, often, at the moment, the government are setting the agenda, making the weather and we're responding to it. Tony Blair and Gordon Brown never did that.

“I may have been a critic at times of, certainly Tony, and on occasions Gordon, but they made the weather, they set the agenda and they even set it in opposition. We're not setting any agenda, we're responding to the Tories.

“I remember before we won, ‘92, the five years to ’97, this place was bubbling, we were energetic, we were at them, we thought we had all the answers. We're not at them and we're slightly hesitant and we're slightly confused and I deeply worry about that.”

With friends like that..........

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