It is certainly true that Labour must have the support of a section of the middle class as well as disaffected Tory working-class voters. This support will not materialise by pandering to Tory prejudices, which to many of us in the party, appears to be the direction in which Labour policy is heading.
Labour must address the problem of unemployment with a major commitment to job creation. The party must address the concerns of young voters, many of whom care deeply about environmental issues. We must develop a serious policy on global warming by developing a total energy strategy, both nationally and internationally. These are some of the issues on which the voters of Eastleigh will judge Labour.
John Smith and the Shadow Cabinet must end their ludicrous refusal to enunciate policy publicly. We must throw open Labour's policies for public debate, not just in Parliament but also on the ground where party members can play a role in developing those policies and winning support for Labour. If we do not, then we face not only a humiliating defeat at Eastleigh, but also the distinct possibility of a fifth general election defeat.
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