Ed Miliband again side-stepped the question of why he hadn't been more vocal in his opposition to unpopular Labour policies in an interview with Yoosk.com.
When asked “why did you a not make your opposition vocal, and join a cabinet which was pushing so many polices that you disagreed with?”, he replied only that he was “very proud of what we did as a government”.
The shadow energy and climate change secretary, writing in this morning’s Guardian, has pledged a “once in a generation realignment of politics”, vowing to offer a home to disgruntled Liberal Democrat voters – to which the Lib Dem press office replied:
“Dear Ed. Looked again. Labour’s still the warmongering, authoritarian, spendaholic party we thought. That was you in the cabinet, right?”
“If you have three or four years until the next election, you can make sure that in every community in the country there is a community leader trained to be part of that movement for change that needs to exist, whether or not Labour is in government.”
Yoosk interviewed all five Labour leadership candidates, adding the five highest-voted questions for each candidate to the five most popular questions for the whole panel in conducting their crowdsourced interviews, as explained during the question-gathering process on Left Foot Forward last month.
• The other candidates’ answers will be released on Yoosk’s YouTube channel throughout the week, concluding with the questions that were put to the whole panel.
The Ed Miliband campaign have been in touch to point out that in The Guardian’s recent interview with their candidate, Decca Aikenhead wrote:
“On the Iraq war, some of his rivals have disputed his claim to have been opposed from the outset, but a friend of his confirms to me categorically that this was his position in 2003.”
Ed Miliband’s position on Iraq has been criticised by other candidates during the leadership contest. In a Radio 5 Live debate, Ed Balls questioned Miliband’s claims to have opposed the Iraq war at the time.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.