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Mark Hunter: Miliband doesn’t have clout to condemn Woolas

December 7, 2010 11:44 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat MP Mark Hunter has challenged Ed Miliband to condemn the racially divisive tactics used by Phil Woolas in his General Election campaign in Oldham East and Saddleworth.

Mark Hunter said:

"It is becoming more and more apparent as the weeks pass that Ed Miliband just doesn't have the clout within his party to show some leadership and admit that Woolas was wrong. If he did he'd be shot down in flames by other Labour MPs.

"I was genuinely shocked that Miliband didn't make a statement as soon as he became leader that this sort of racially divisive politics will not be tolerated.

"For him to then make the monumental misjudgement of appointing Woolas to his frontbench team speaks volumes.

"If Labour is to draw a line under this scandal, then Ed Miliband needs to shout from the rooftops that the kind of campaigning used by Phil Woolas - intended to 'get the white folk angry' - can never again be any part of Labour politics."