Cruddas: Party members should be consulted over any deal

Jon Cruddas, Labour MP for Dagenham & Rainham, has called for party members and the unions to be "formally consulted" over any deal with the Liberal Democrats.

Jon Cruddas, Labour MP for Dagenham and Rainham, has called for party members and the unions to be “formally consulted” over any deal with the Liberal Democrats, that any deal should have the “full agreement” of the party.

He has just released a statement saying:

“I welcome any discussions about working together for the good of the country. To ensure any agreement is stable and strong, the involvement of the Labour Party should be subject to the full agreement of the Labour Party.

“The Parliamentary Party, the NEC, and the affiliated trade unions should be formally consulted on the terms of any talks undertaken by the Prime Minister and Cabinet.”

Cruddas stood for the deputy leadership of the party three years ago; there is widespread speculation he may stand for it again this year, in a possible “dream team” deal with David Miliband.

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