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Labour now so far away from power - Miliband.

DAVID Miliband, pictured, has claimed the Labour Party has not been this far from power since the 1930s, as part of a stinging attack on Jeremy Corbyn. The one-time favourite to be the next Labour leader took Mr Corbyn to task on "egregious" foreign policy as well as accusing left-wing politicians of a lack of imagination on domestic issues.

The former foreign secretary has made the comments in an article for The New Statesman, in a special feature on the future of left-wing British politics.

Mr Miliband, now president of the International Rescue Committee, said the New Labour government in which he served "defined the contours of political debate".

He added: "We had won three elections on the trot and the Tories felt the need to dance to our tunes - from the minimum wage to tripling of overseas aid to gay rights to boosting the National Health Service.

"Now Labour sits a long way from power, even before boundary changes.

"The ultimate ignominy of not being able to organise our own party conference has been avoided, but we have not been further from power since the 1930s."

Mr Miliband said this decline of left-wing politics has happened through a series of choices rather than by accident.

He also said the EU referendum result has "torpedoed" some recent political progress and can be directly linked to weakness in left-wing politics.

Mr Miliband is particularly critical of Mr Corbyn's stance on foreign policy, saying his "half-hearted" campaigning for Britain to remain in the European Union was "a betrayal of millions of working people".

He also called Mr Corbyn's lack of commitment to Nato "dangerous" given recent events in and around Russia.

Mr Miliband added: "But the electorate can see through the domestic policy, too.

"Nationalisation cannot be the answer to everything; antiausterity speeches cannot explain everything; corporate taxation cannot pay for everything.

"It doesn't add up. It wouldn't work.

"People are not stupid."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 22, 2016
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