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Jon Cruddas fears Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour would ‘collapse’

PUBLISHED: 10:01 10 September 2015 | UPDATED: 10:01 10 September 2015

Left, Jeremy Corbyn, Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images and, right, Jon Cruddas, Picture: Clare Molden/PA Images

Left, Jeremy Corbyn, Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images and, right, Jon Cruddas, Picture: Clare Molden/PA Images

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Jon Cruddas MP said he is worried about Labour collapsing as an “80’s Trotskyist tribute act” if Jeremy Corbyn MP becomes its leader.

With the leadership contest closing today, the Dagenham and Rainham MP told Radio 4 yesterday he had concerns about the frontrunner’s vision for his party.

“I’m worried about some of it,” he said. “It might turn into an early-80s Trotskyist tribute act which has the culture around it which is very hostile to anyone who disagrees and it could just collapse in front of the electorate.”

“Jeremy Corbyn is not causing the crisis of the Labour Party – his campaign is symptomatic of a crisis.”

In the interview, which was broadcast this morning and resulted in Cruddas trending on Twitter, he also stressed the importance of Labour being electable again and expressed concerns about its lack of common ground with voters.

“Jeremy’s diagnosis is that Labour is austerity-lite,” he said. “That seems to be at odds with were the country is.

“All the evidence suggests the nature of the Labour membership is increasingly different to the nature of the society we want to govern.”

Cruddas, who backed Corbyn’s involvement in the campaign but told Radio 4 he was yet to cast his vote, said the Islington North MP had helped enthuse voters.

“It’s been fascinating,” he said. “It’s changed the whole character of the conversation.

“My son rang me up at the beginning of the campaign and said: ‘I’m rejoining the party.’”

The Labour Party’s new leader will be announced on Saturday.


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