Labour UK and NZ Labour mimic each other in so many ways. Captured by unions, deeply divided, inept leadership, a history of selling honours for donations, dodgy pledge cards…similar policies…the list goes on.
Now add another thing to the list. Ed Miliband has been given till spring to sort out his leadership or get knifed.
Lord Mandelson should be brought back to take charge of Labour’s spin operation, Ed Miliband has been told, as MPs warned of growing unrest in the party’s ranks.
The Labour leader is said to be planning a major reshuffle of his Shadow Cabinet after a dismal summer in which a succession of senior figures have warned over the party’s falling poll ratings.
Andy Burnham, the Shadow Health Secretary, warned this weekend that Labour must “shout louder” and produce a compelling programme of policies by next Spring to stand any chance of winning power in 2015.
His comments followed attacks on the “confused” nature of Mr Miliband’s leadership, while Jim Fitzpatrick, the shadow transport minister, admitted that the narrowing poll lead over the Conservatives was a cause for “concern”.
The Labour leader returns from a two-week holiday in the south of France on Monday and will be urged to stamp his authority on an increasingly fractious parliamentary party.
Graham Stringer, the MP for Blackley and Broughton, criticised the shadow cabinet for their “deafening silence” during the summer and said he was “genuinely worried” about the lack of activity from Labour’s high command.