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NEW LABOUR’S MILBURN TO WORK FOR THE OLD TORIES

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Commenting on reports that leading architect of New Labour, Alan Milburn, is poised to join David Cameron’s government as "social mobility" czar, SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson Eilidh Whiteford MP said the move showed that New Labour were now doing the bidding of the old Tories.

Dr Whiteford said:

“After Lord Mandelson’s admission that he would work for the Tories and Ed Miliband’s claim that there were no big differences between Labour and the Tories, news that Alan Milburn is set to become an adviser to David Cameron should be no surprise.

“New Labour and the old Tories are peas in a pod and Alan Milburn’s return proves that the parties are indistinguishable on crucial social mobility issues like poverty, benefits reform and the pensions crisis.

“Alan Milburn’s coalition job is deeply embarrassing for Labour, and will haunt them every time the Tories make an announcement on social mobility issues.”

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