A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The enigma of Jon Cruddas' fan club

Some of my favourite people in politics have nominated Cruddas: Frank Dobson, Tom Watson, others that I know less well but know to be sound like Mike Gapes, Martin Salter and Khalid Mahmood.

Alongside them on the Cruddas list of nominators are Campaign Group members Diane Abbott, Harry Cohen, Ann Cryer, Neil Gerrard, Ian Gibson, David Hamilton, Kelvin Hopkins, Lynne Jones and Austin Mitchell.

The team meetings must be interesting ... I can imagine Diane and Tom getting on fantastically ... one of these sets of people is being taken for a ride, but I'm not sure which.

And where are the rest of the Campaign Group?


Anonymous Andrea said...

"And where are the rest of the Campaign Group?"

Skinner and John Austin for Benn
Linda Riordan for Harman.
Anderson, Cook, Clapham and Marshall Andrews for Hain

McDonnell, Corbyn, Katy Clark, Ethrington (who was a declared Hain's supporter), Alan Simpson, David Taylor, Bob Wareing and Mike Wood have not nominated anyone yet.

10:11 pm, May 15, 2007

Anonymous Cruddman said...

'Taken for a ride'.

Ha! Maybe. Or the Cruddas campaign is more successfully inclusive than other DL efforts.

10:40 pm, May 15, 2007

Anonymous Paul Leake said...

Perhaps they are backing Cruddas because they believe his claims he can deliver a Labour Party more focussed on grassroots campaigns rather than on sharing any particular policy nuances.

11:05 pm, May 15, 2007

Anonymous daz said...

Brown has asked Tom Watson to support Cruddas because he wants one of his men in every camp.

You can take my word on that.

Some Campaign Group MPs have nominated Cruddas because there's no leftish alternative.

Triangulation, I think they call it.

11:15 pm, May 15, 2007

Anonymous Ian G said...

It couldn't possibly be because some people see past the rabid sectarianism on this site and realise that the Labour Party has to be a broad church, could it?

12:37 am, May 16, 2007

Anonymous Paul said...

Jon Cruddas is on the ballot, Luke. Get over it.

12:41 am, May 16, 2007

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...


there is a difference between being a broad church and voting for a heretic to be deputy vicar!

8:55 am, May 16, 2007

Blogger HenryG said...

Luke the Cruddas campaign is about revitalising the federal structure of our party, not pissing around with supporters networks at the expense of members, or all-member meetings which disenfranchise trade union representation. Surely you see that?

9:03 am, May 16, 2007

Anonymous Blears for tears said...

Luke is nuts about Hazel, with emphasis on the nuts

11:02 am, May 16, 2007

Blogger el Tom said...

Haven't some of them nominated Gordon and Hain?

Must have been a total, non-liner, this one. Probably over simmo-McDonell tension on the leadership.

1:04 pm, May 16, 2007


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