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Interview: Jon Cruddas

The MP for Dagenham and former Blair aide says Labour has broken its covenant with the working class

By David Goodhart   May 2010

Jon Cruddas is set to play a key role in the post-election Labour debate about the future direction of the party and who should lead it.

The 48-year-old MP for Dagenham—re-elected with a reduced majority of 2,630—has in recent years become a political spokesman for Labour’s disaffected core working class vote in de-industrialised areas like his own constituency.

The BNP, which has also been feeding on that disaffection, has for now been beaten back in places like Barking and Dagenham. But what should be the longer-term policy response to win back the traditional working class to Labour?

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