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article imageUK Labour supporters deliver end-of-term report to Miliband

By Duncan Hall     Jan 3, 2012 in Politics
UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband received a luke-warm end-of-year report from members and supporters today via a survey conducted by grassroots Web community, Labourlist.
Labourlist is a website made up of articles and blogs by Labour members and supporters in the United Kingdom. Over the Christmas period they conducted an end-of-year "State of the Party" survey that asked a key question: "How do you think Ed Miliband has performed as leader this year?" The poll was open for a week and received 743 votes. The response, published in detail at Labourlist, does not make comfortable reading for Miliband and his supporters:
29 percent thought Miliband's performance average. A further 29 percent considered it poor, nearly 22 percent "very poor" while less than 20 percent considered it "excellent" or "good". Miliband supporters might be comforted by the relatively low number of participants, the fact that non-members were able to contribute to the survey and that it did represent a small improvement from a snapshot by the same website in June last year.
Miliband's leadership has attracted criticism from some on the "Blairite" right of the party who would have preferred his older brother, David. They were uncomfortable with his assertion that New Labour was "dead" and some have argued that the party's economic policy needs to be closer to that of the coalition government, particularly via the Labour Uncut blog. However, this has not led to Miliband receiving enthusiastic support from the party's left and centre left, owing to his decision not to support public sector strikes last year and to policy anouncements like today's controversial statements about welfare reform.
Indeed, Miliband's response to the November 30 strikes rather neatly illustrates why he is receiving internal polling data like that generated by Labourlist today. First he strongly criticised the strikes and refused to support them (winning few friends among unionists and the party left and centre left) but then he also refused to condemn the strikes, alienating the party right and the old Blairites. Although it is important not to overstate the significance of a poll like this, it would appear that Miliband has some work to do to please some of the people some of the time and develop a power base.
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