Alastair Campbell, who worked as communications chief to U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair until 2003, predicted Labour Party leader Ed Miliband won’t win an outright House of Commons majority in next year’s election.
Campbell said in the magazine of the Labour-supporting Fabian Society that Miliband will instead find himself in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, who are currently junior partners to David Cameron’s Conservatives.
“I think it will be Lab-Lib coalition,” Campbell said. “I was right in 2010, I knew it was going to be a Tory-Liberal coalition.”
Miliband has failed to follow up on his rebranding of Labour as a “one nation” party in contrast to the Tories, Campbell said. “One nation is not established,” he said. “It means to the public whatever the public wants it to mean.”
Miliband said in an article for the Daily Telegraph newspaper today he wants to address a “hollowing out” of the middle class. “In the past three years, getting on for half of new jobs created have been in low-pay industries and the average worker is now 1,600 pounds ($2,600) worse off than before the election,” Miliband wrote. “Parents now have new worries as children leave college to take up insecure and unrewarding work.”
An ICM Research poll for the Guardian newspaper published today found support for Labour dropping 2 points from last month to 35 percent, putting the opposition party 3 points ahead of the Tories. ICM interviewed 1,005 adults Jan. 10-12. No margin of error was specified.