Labour Leadership Benefit Bashing Battle

Mere weeks after running an election campaign on “hated” benefit cuts, Labour are falling over themselves trying to out-tough each other on welfare. Andy Burnham continues his re-branding as a centrist by saying people on benefits should not have “an easy ride”:

“… some people say that Labour want to be soft on people who want something for nothing. We’ve got to be honest about that.”

Echoing tough-talking Liz Kendall:

“.. voters in my constituency do not feel people who are not working should get more than those in work ..”

Meanwhile deputy leadership contender Caroline Flint says welfare recipients need a “kick up the backside”. 

They’re upsetting all the right people…

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Quote of the Day

John McDonnell tells the Gallery/Lobby lunch what the priest told him to do…

‘He persuaded me to do this. He said you need to soften your image. So do Mumsnet and do this…. I’m trying to soften my image.’


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