Labour leader Ed Miliband has been getting pressure from every angle recently from voters saying he should not lead the party in the next General Election along with his Labour peers saying he needs to work even harder to win back voters.
Today, two senior Labour figures expressed their concern about Labour’s problems in getting their message across to voters.
Former Home Secretary David Blunkett compared Miliband to former post-war Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee who he said was a “fantastic leader” but “wasn’t the most vibrant” public performer.
Former Chancellor, Alistair Darling also raised concerns that the party have not done much to get a clear message across to voters. Speaking to BBC’s Hard Talk programme, he said “I think everybody in my party is pretty focused on the fact that come this Autumn you need to start making it pretty clear to people what would the difference be if you come to the general election and vote for a different government.”
Miliband is now struggling to get back in control after complaints have also been made within the party over the shadow Cabinet’s failure to maintain a higher profile over the summer.
David Blunkett also expressed his concerns over Labour’s problems in connecting with the public by mentioning the recent complaint made by Lord Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minister, that Labour had “massively failed” by not “holding the Tories to account.”
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme “There is frustration, but there is also a great deal of hope. I would accept what’s been said over the last few weeks, including the article by John Prescott on Sunday, that we need to work out how to get a higher profile in circumstances where it is very difficult to get a hearing.”
The ICM survey for The Daily Mirror shows that 46% of voters are backing Miliband to lead the party in 2015, while 34% think he is the wrong person for the leader role.
There are still people supporting him yet many are unsure whether he is strong enough for the role. Miliband should now find a new strategy to win back voters come the 2015 General Election or else Labour could possibly be in big trouble.