Daily Archives: August 1, 2013

Jim Pickard

For George Mudie to criticise the Labour leadership may seem easy to dismiss out of hand. After all, who is he?

Labour insiders are brushing off today’s criticism as the kind of thing that bored journalists latch on to on a quiet afternoon during the Commons recess.

Mudie is not exactly a politician of historic distinction, having led Leeds council in the 1980s and having served as a minister in the education department for just one year in 1998/99.

Yet his remarks have caused a big ripple in Westminster because of what he said – not who said it.

He is the first MP for some time to go on the record with an articulate criticism of Ed Miliband, which is all the more striking for appearing to lack malice.

He himself admitted on his BBC interview that he is a “grumpy” and Read more