Miliband 'not seen as future PM'

Miliband 'not seen as future PM'

Miliband 'not seen as future PM'

First published in News

Ed Miliband is facing mounting pressure over his leadership after latest poll ratings revealed most voters do not view him as a prime minister in waiting.

Research for The Times found fewer than one in five adults, just 19%, could imagine the Labour leader in No 10, putting him significantly behind Prime Minister David Cameron when he was in opposition.

The YouGov poll found that only 26% of voters think Labour is ready for government, while among the party's supporters fewer than half, 49%, believe Mr Miliband looks like the country's next premier.

It comes after f ormer minister David Lammy became the latest senior Labour figure to speak out, warning the party had become overly focused on the issue of living standards without spelling out its "positive offer" for people to vote for them.

One of the party's biggest donors, businessman John Mills, said Labour had become "boxed in" on the economy with a strategy that differed little from the Conservatives.

Mr Miliband's leadership has been questioned after his failure to respond directly to measures in last week's Budget was seen to have handed the Tories a political victory. Weekend opinion polls showed the two main parties effectively on level-pegging.

Mr Lammy said that, with 14 months to the general election, Labour was in danger of being drawn into a fight on the Conservatives' ground.

"Effectively we knock on doors and the central message is about living standards and energy prices," he told BBC Radio 4's The World at One yesterday.

"I think the electorate will need more in a raft of areas and we need to be very careful that we are not solely fighting the election on the current Government's ground which is deficit reduction and a debate around welfare and immigration. There is more to fix in this country than just on that sole platform."

He said that Mr Miliband needed to be able to inspire voters and to demonstrate that Labour was ready for a return to office.

"We have to spell out to the country what our positive offer is for them to vote for us. That has to connect, it has to be relevant, it has to inspire and motivate," he said.

"I think we have been a very effective opposition but in the next 14 months we have to cross that Rubicon to being a government-in-waiting. I think that has yet to happen."

A group of influential left-leaning thinkers joined forces earlier this week to urge Mr Miliband to produce "transformative" policies that would excite voters and not rely on Conservative unpopularity to secure a return to government.

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8:05pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Aquarius says...

He'd make a good impression for starters by stopping Neil Kinnock's son Stephen from being parachuted in to Aberavon as Labour's candidate for a safe seat at the next election!

It would be great if the good people of Aberavon see though this attempt by party apparatchiks to parachute a favoured candidate into a safe seat, and prompt them - for once - to vote *other* than Labour. And I say that as (in general) a labour supporter, (although my support is waning when I see this sort of thing happen...!)

In an attempt to justify above average pay increases for MPs, they've been suggesting that people from lower and disadvantaged backgrounds are dissuaded from coming into politics because of the "poor pay". As if people like that stand much chance of being selected to fight for a seat in the first place!

The Kinnocks did very well out of politics, what with Neil being an EU Commissioner and all that, after he left parliament. Champagne socialism I think the term is, and it looks like they've manouvred their son into a pole position ready to jump on the same gravy train!

Good ol' Labour eh?

These people deserve to get a kicking from the electorate. As if Stephen Kinnock is going to care what the voters actually want...! I mean, he's married to the Danish Prime Minister and some of his other jobs are or have been with the British Council, the European Parliament, the World Economic Forum, and the Global Leadership and Technology Exchange (whatever that is). So if you just want your bins emptied on time, proper flood measures being taken, or the roads being fixed after bad weather., I've got a feeling he isn't going to be that interested.

So sort THAT sort of rampant political favouritism out, Miliband, if you want my vote next time round! You'd soon moan if the Tories did it, after all...
He'd make a good impression for starters by stopping Neil Kinnock's son Stephen from being parachuted in to Aberavon as Labour's candidate for a safe seat at the next election! It would be great if the good people of Aberavon see though this attempt by party apparatchiks to parachute a favoured candidate into a safe seat, and prompt them - for once - to vote *other* than Labour. And I say that as (in general) a labour supporter, (although my support is waning when I see this sort of thing happen...!) In an attempt to justify above average pay increases for MPs, they've been suggesting that people from lower and disadvantaged backgrounds are dissuaded from coming into politics because of the "poor pay". As if people like that stand much chance of being selected to fight for a seat in the first place! The Kinnocks did very well out of politics, what with Neil being an EU Commissioner and all that, after he left parliament. Champagne socialism I think the term is, and it looks like they've manouvred their son into a pole position ready to jump on the same gravy train! Good ol' Labour eh? These people deserve to get a kicking from the electorate. As if Stephen Kinnock is going to care what the voters actually want...! I mean, he's married to the Danish Prime Minister and some of his other jobs are or have been with the British Council, the European Parliament, the World Economic Forum, and the Global Leadership and Technology Exchange (whatever that is). So if you just want your bins emptied on time, proper flood measures being taken, or the roads being fixed after bad weather., I've got a feeling he isn't going to be that interested. So sort THAT sort of rampant political favouritism out, Miliband, if you want my vote next time round! You'd soon moan if the Tories did it, after all... Aquarius
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