The following is an excerpt from Hansard from 15 June 2010.


Jon Cruddas (Dagenham and Rainham) (Lab): Thank you, Mr Sheridan, for giving me an opportunity to say a few words. I wish to make a few comments and raise a few questions about the future of the Building Schools for the Future programme in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham. To begin with, I shall refer to a couple of recent statements emanating from the new coalition Government which imply that different positions on the future of the programme are being developed in the Department for Education.

Below is the speech given by Jon Cruddas in the final session of the Compass Conference last weekend.


It's been a cracking day.


Vibrant. Open. Optimistic.


In contrast to a sour right wing noise around Labour since the election.


It goes something like this:


We lost the vote of those working class people.


So let's prioritise the ‘indigenous folk', hit those newly arrived and get stuck into the welfare mothers swinging the lead, hoovering up benefits.