Former Labour frontbencher David Miliband has pledged his support to Liz Kendall in the Labour leadership contest.
Writing in the Guardian, Miliband said he has been “struck since the beginning of the campaign by the plain speaking, fresh thinking and political courage of Liz Kendall and the new generation of politicians – Chuka Umunna, Emma Reynolds, Tristram Hunt – who have declared support for her.”
The campaign for Kendall is informed by the results of the General Elections of 2010 and 2015, and the mistake it would be to “turn the Labour clock back” to the pre-Blair era.
In the leadership race, Miliband also said the stakes could not be higher. He added:
Get it wrong, and Britain could become a multi-party democracy with only one party – the Conservative party – that can win parliamentary majorities. A one-governing-party state.
Despite this, Corbyn is still the most likely to win in the polls and is also the bookmakers’ favourite, having gained momentum since the start of his campaign, and the support of the UK’s two largest unions along the way.
However, Miliband says the “Corbyn programme looks backwards” with pledges of nationalisation and massive increases in national insurance. For this reason, voting for Corbyn could ensure Conservative success at General Elections for the foreseeable future, against a viable alternative in Liz Kendall.
The leadership election, Miliband therefore concludes, is not a choice between “reform or radicalism. It is reform or Conservatism”.