Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

May 04, 2007 10:17 ET

Election reaction from Jon Cruddas MP

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - May 04, 2007) - Jon Cruddas, Labour party deputy leadership candidate and Dagenham MP, said:

"It's not been as bad as feared, but the loss of hundreds of Labour councillors means it's been a grim night for the party.

"The drip-drip of Labour losses means that the party is being hollowed out. Our membership has dropped by half in ten years. Our councillor base was at a 30 year low even before last night.

"If we are to use this experience to rebuild the party to win the next election, we have to learn lessons. Where we campaigned actively in communities, in areas like Thurrock and Sandwell, we were effective in beating back the very real threat of the BNP. We can go on to win the next election if we work to rebuild our party on this model - as a campaigning organisation embedded in communities with broad coalition of support.

"It is an urgent task, but it can be done, if the party is ready to choose change."

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