Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly, Shadow Minister for Constitutional Reform and former Private Parliamentary Secretary to Ed Miliband, has issued a stark warning to the Labour Party.
Wayne David has said that if Jeremy Corbyn is elected the Leader of the Labour Party, then it will be extremely difficult for Labour to be an effective opposition and to present itself as a credible party of government at the next general election.
Mr David said, “Jeremy Corbyn has successfully enthused large numbers of people. But those who have got a vote in the leadership need to realise that Jeremy is on the far left of British politics. His economic policies are rooted in the past and are irrelevant to Britain’s needs. And his foreign policy questions Britain’s international alliances and would severely weaken Britain’s defences.
“Those who have a vote should think long and hard about whether the British electorate would vote for an individual who holds such views.
“I am not a fan of Tony Blair but his warning about Labour being on a precipice should be heeded. The Labour Party is undoubtedly at a critical juncture. The question is whether party members and supporters will go forward and risk the Party’s destruction or turn back before it’s too late”.
Wayne David is supporting Andy Burnham for the leadership and his second preference is for Yvette Cooper.
Wayne David was a Wales Office Minister in the last Labour Government and has been Labour’s Shadow Europe Minister and is currently Shadow Minister for Constitutional Reform. Previously Wayne David was Ed Miliband’s Private Parliamentary Secretary when Ed was Leader of the Labour Party. Before being elected to Westminster, Wayne David was Leader of the Labour Group in the European Parliament.