Lawmaker Says Ed Miliband’s U.K. Team ‘Slumbering,’ Mail Says

A U.K. lawmaker from Ed Miliband’s opposition Labour Party said his party’s leadership is making “a huge mistake” by “slumbering” during Parliament’s summer break instead of attacking Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives, the Mail on Sunday reported today.

Lawmaker Graham Stringer made the comments as a Survation Ltd. poll for the newspaper found 53 percent of Labour supporters agreed Miliband is “hesitant.” Forty-eight percent said he is “trying to find himself”, 45 percent called him “lackluster” and 37 percent “confused.”

“Labour’s shadow cabinet is almost invisible in repose when it’s an ideal time to attack ministers who are on the beach,” Stringer told the Mail on Sunday. “It’s a huge mistake and it’s not good enough. We need to be energetic, not slumbering.”

Stringer is the second rank-and-file Labour legislator to attack Miliband’s leadership in recent days. Lawmaker George Mudie told the BBC’s “World at One” radio program on Aug. 1 the party leadership appears “hesitant” and “confused” because Miliband has failed to spell out a clear agenda to voters.

Even so, Survation’s Aug. 2 poll of 1,001 voters online gave Labour an eight-point lead on voting intentions in May 2015 elections, with 36 percent to 28 percent for Cameron’s Tories. Ten percent of respondents said they would vote for the Liberal Democrats and 18 percent for the U.K. Independence Party, which campaigns for withdrawal from the European Union. No margin of error was given.

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