Saturday, 10 December 2016

Celts Criticise Corbyn

Carwyn Jones speaking ahead of the EU referendum vote

Carwyn Jones, the leader of the Labour Party in Wales, delivers a harsh judgment on Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

In an interview with the Guardian, Mr Jones warned Jeremy Corbyn's that his position on immigration was driving Labour voters "into the arms of UKIP". 

“The danger is that’s a very London-centric position.That is not the way people see it outside London. London is very different: it is a cosmopolitan city and has high levels of immigration. It has that history. It is not the way many other parts of the UK are.

“People see it very differently in Labour-supporting areas of the north of England, for example. We have to be very careful that we don’t drive our supporters into the arms of Ukip.

"When I was on the doorstep in June, a lot of people said: ‘We’re voting out, Mr Jones, but, don’t worry, we’re still Labour.’ What I don’t want is for those people to jump to voting UKIP.”

“We have to make sure there are more authentic voices around the UK within the party who people feel are addressing them in their own language and using their own accents.”

Carwyn Jones intervention comes at the same time as a disastrous showing for Labour in the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election where the party was beaten into fourth place, behind both UKIP and the Lib Dems. 

Sleaford & North Hykeham result: CON: 53.5% (-2.7) UKIP: 13.5% (-2.2) LDEM: 11.0% (+5.3) LAB: 10.2% (-7.0) LIND: 8.8% (+3.6)