Dagenham MP backs Labour version of Big Society

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas is working to launch a Labour version of the Big Society.

The prominent backbencher told delegates at the party conference in Manchester his party “missed a trick” when David Cameron unveiled a policy based on compassionate Conservatism.

Mr Cruddas told a fringe meeting the Big Society had collapsed in the economic downturn and indicated the Labour-led policy he is helping formulate would seek to rebuild Britain, the economy and politics.

The Labour MP said: “There was a compelling story there by David Cameron and it was a way of rebuilding the language around compassionate Conservatism and civic duty.

“We criticised that and we had a cold language. We didn’t inhabit those spaces. So we’re setting up some work programmes to do precisely that and build our own version.”

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Meanwhile, MP for Barking Margaret Hodge, who is chair of the Public Accounts Committee, spoke about public services during a progress breakfast.

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