Sunday, September 26, 2010

Simon Hughes comments on the election of Ed Miliband as the new Labour Leader

Commenting on the election of the new Labour Leader, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader, Simon Hughes said:

“I want warmly to congratulate Ed Miliband on becoming the new Labour leader.

“It is good to hear that he intends to practice a new politics of working across party boundaries in the national interest. 

“The country has a tough time ahead and it will be vital that he wakes up to the challenge that Britain faces. As leader he must recognise that his party can no longer remain head-in-the sand deficit deniers.

“Much has to be done. We have to restore Britain’s reputation around the world, which was broken by a foreign policy under Tony Blair. And we must restore our economy, broken by the boom and bust of Gordon Brown. 

“I also hope he will work to help clean up politics, end vested interests and as a leader elected by the alternative vote, I call on him to support the cross-party campaign for a fairer voting system from now until the referendum next May.”


Mike said...

Lost a lot of respect for Simon Hughes, repeating the "deficit deniar" nonsense, making out it was Gordon Brown's personal boom and bust, and saying that Ed would have to lead in the interests of unions as opposed to everyone else who voted for him.

He was the same at the conference. He could be any reactionary Orange Booker.

Aberavon and Neath Liberal Democrats said...

Yes, it is simplistic to say that Ed Miliband is a prisoner of the unions. But it is surely true to say that Derek Simpson & co, who strongly recommended that their members vote for Ed M., will press their case for special treatment as a result and that EM will have to be strong to resist them.

The "deficit denier" label is not nonsense. It sticks to too many Labour spokesmen who confuse, out of ignorance or cynicism, the credit crunch with the consistent deficit financing of the last eight years. A senior civil servant at the Treasury has now admitted that he and his colleagues had doubts about Brown's strategy but failed to warn him as they should have done.
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