Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham: rebuilding the economy, rebuilding society and rebuilding politics

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham

Following Ed Miliband and Ed Balls, The MP for Dagenham and Rainham, Jon Cruddas who is also coordinating Labour’s policy review was placed as the third most influential figure from the left in The Telegraph on 02/10/2012.

The Telegraph explains: “When Jon Cruddas was appointed by Miliband as Policy Review Coordinator and invited to the Shadow Cabinet, he instantly became one of the most influential people in the Labour Party. Cruddas is an original thinker and has a mammoth task ahead of him. It’s more than merely drawing up a list of policies, it’s giving Labour and particularly Ed Miliband a new identity. The main focus will be to reconnect with working class and identify with patriotism and tradition.”

In an interview with the BBC during the Labour Party’s annual conference, Jon Cruddas the local MP for Dagenham and Rainham outlined his vision to reignite the link between Labour and the working class of Britain.

He said: “In a couple of weeks time the shadow cabinet will be going away for an awayday and will agree the programme of work for the policy review around those three workstreams for the next 12 months under this basic frame of 'rebuilding Britain'.

The workstream on rebuilding society would involve Labour acknowledging that it "missed a trick" when it failed to respond to David Cameron's Big Society.

There was a compelling story there by David Cameron and it was a way of rebuilding the language around compassionate conservatism and civic duty,” he said.

“We criticised that and we had a cold language. We didn't inhabit those spaces. So we're setting up some work programmes to do precisely that and rebuild our own version of the Big Society.”