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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Senior Labour figures continue to undermine Miliband

The latest in a long line of senior Labour figures to question Ed Miliband's leadership is the heavyweight former Home Secretary, Charles Clarke.

The Telegraph reports Mr. Clarke has warned that the Tories are on course to win an overall majority at the next election because Ed Miliband is a worse leader than Neil Kinnock:

Charles Clarke said that Labour has "no narrative" and Ed Miliband is failing to appeal to voters because he has an "assembly of odd policies".

Mr Clarke also criticised Mr Miliband for failing to "set out clearly" how he would control the deficit and said Labour is unlikely to regain public trust in its ability to handle the economy.

They go on to report that Mr. Clarke's interview with the Huffington Post: "I think the most likely outcome is a Tory overall majority. You've got to set out an overall account of what it is. And I don't think we have an account and I think that's Ed's biggest challenge.

"[He has got to] Set out a clear statement of what Labour would actually do. Give people a reason to vote Labour. not an assembly of odd policies like the electricity freeze or whatever. [He] lacks an overall story."

Mr Clarke, who served as Neil Kinnock's chief of staff in the 1987 and 1992 General Elections, said the former Labour leader has "far more qualities" than Mr Miliband.

He said: "Neil has far, far more qualities than Ed Miliband as a leader. Neil was a fantastic leader and brought Labour back towards victory."

It is clear from these statements that even if Mr. Miliband followed the Prime Minister's example of carrying out a major reshuffle, he would still not satisfy the big beasts in terms of his narrative and direction of travel.

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