Plans for a “Labour Party of England” as suggested by left-wing MP Jon Cruddas are “too little, too late” , said UKIP North East MEP Jonathan Arnott.
“This is a patronising approach by Labour to millions who deserted them at last month’s General Election to vote for UKIP. It comes as no surprise, when UKIP took 17% of the vote in the North East, our best result anywhere in the country.”
Mr Cruddas has indicated to Daily Telegraph journalist Mary Riddell that Labour would be looking to replicate its Scottish Labour and Welsh Labour offshoots with the new English-only group soon, saying: “We are going to do it… it will be imminent.”
Mr Arnott, North East MEP said, “Labour was shell shocked to lose an election they thought they had in the bag when voters they have long taken for granted turned to UKIP instead. But Labour will still be run by and for a Hampstead London elite. Listening to people shouldn’t be about gimmicks but policies, and Labour clearly opposes English votes for English laws.
“Even Andy Burnham has admitted today that Labour only really like posh people. The British people have realised that, and are looking for a common-sense alternative, which is one of the reasons so many are turning to UKIP.”