A 33-page document from Labour that advised MPs not to campaign on immigration had become a major disaster for the party. However, Deputy Prime Minister Ed Miliband denies seeing the “leaked” document and claimed he had “no idea” who was responsible for the documents.
The document said that it suggested MPs “move the conversation on” to issues such as pressures on the NHS and housing when voters raise the question. However, MPs should not mention anything about immigration.
Many criticised him and the political party because the document was billed as a major pre-election speech on Labour policy on immigration.
The document was entitled “Campaigning Against Ukip.”
According to Labour’s insiders, some pointed to Lucy Powell, the new Labour Election Campaign chief, for distributing the article without having it checked by senior colleagues. The document highlighted that immigration is the problem “people most often cite” why they back up Nigel Farage. MPs on the campaign are advised to “understand and acknowledge” any concern even if the ideas do not blend with their own.
Senior Labour MPs were furious about the spread of the 33-page document. One had claimed it was “disastrous” and had blamed Lucy Powell. According to another, some bits of the document weren’t well-drafted.