Monday, 11 May 2015

Chuka Umunna tipped to become the next Labour Party Leader

Chuka Umunna talking to BBC. Photo: FB Photos

Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna is in the running to replace Ed Miliband after a disappointing results for Labour party at the just concluded polls.

According to Metro UK, Mr Umunna had earlier declined to confirm his intention to stand, but told the Andrew Marr show: "I certainly intend to play the fullest part i can in rebuilding our party and having the proper debate that we now need to have to make sure we win...We are down but we are not out. The scale of the defeat is of '92 proportions but there is no reason why we shouldn't get back in 2020.

"I do not buy this idea that this is somehow a ten-year rebuilding project. We can do this in five years if we make the right decisions now and present that aspirational and compassionate case to the British people which we are so good at.

According to Evening standard, Mr Umunna said that while the party's policies were pro-business too often their rhetoric gave the opposite impression while sometimes they appeared to suggest they saw "taxing people as a good in itself, rather than a means to an end".

"We spoke to our core voters but not to aspirational, middle-class ones. We talked about the bottom and top of society, about the minimum wage and zero-hour contracts, about mansions and non-doms. But we had too little to say to the majority of people in the middle," he wrote in an article for The Observer.

"We allowed the impression to arise that we were not on the side of those who are doing well. We talked a lot - quite rightly - about the need to address 'irresponsible' capitalism, for more political will to tackle inequality, poverty and injustice ... But we talked too little about those creating wealth and doing the right thing."

Meanwhile , Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair has said Labour must reclaim the political center ground to recover from its crushing general election defeat. He said the party has to show that it stood for "ambition and aspiration" as well as compassion and care.
Tony Blair praised Ed Miliband’s resilience. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

Source: Metro.

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