MacKinlay: I Lose

IN a (podcasted) interview with blogger Ian Dale (Ian Dale’s Diary) , Thurrock MP Andrew Mackinlay delivered a frank assessment on the state of Labour

On the party’s electoral chances, he said

“If there was a general election tonight not only would I lose but the parliamentary Labour party would be reduced to the size in 1931.”

Mr Mackinlay also gave his firm backing to the PM Gordon Brown.

He said: “ I think its rather flip if politicians think if just changing leader is the appropriate in order thing just to advance short term considerations for your party. That’s not being very responsible.

“Gordon Brown still got some considerable attributes namely in getting us through this economic crisis..”

On Cabinet resignations:

“The mood has been one of much dismay and bewilderment at unhappy situation amongst Labour backbenchers.”

Finally, Mr Mackinlay launched a withering attack on former Communities Minister Hazel Blears

Full of buzz words and thought bill she introduced was gobbledegook. One section of a bill she tried to introduce was total ‘crap’.”

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