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Miliband: Mistakes Led to Election Loss

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TEHRAN, May 22 (ICANA) – British Labour leader Ed Miliband has acknowledged that his party's own mistakes, rather than voters' wrong choices, led it to lose the 2010 general election.
Sunday, May 22, 2011 9:17:48 PM
Miliband: Mistakes Led to Election Loss

Miliband says Labour disseminated “fear” rather than “hope” and they have no option but to admit to their mistakes if they want to gain back power.

Miliband's stance in an upcoming article for the Guardian goes directly against Labour's mainline attitude, and aims to quell criticisms that he is not taking the challenge facing his party seriously enough.

Labour slumped in May 5 Scottish parliamentary elections, handing power to the Scottish National Party (SNP) and also failing to live up to its supporters' expectations in the English local elections -- failures that added to their woes after losing the 2010 general election.

"We lost not just because we made mistakes - on individual issues such as immigration, welfare, banking or even Iraq - but for a much deeper reason," he writes.

"We stopped providing answers to these big concerns."

Miliband writes that Former Labour administration under Gordon Brown ran a negative campaign that was “far too weighted to fear, not hope”.

"It was never enough to inspire victory, or to give people a sufficiently clear and positive vision of this country. By the end of our time in government, we had lost the ability to chart the future," he writes.

"At the next general election, we must be the optimists, the party with a positive, patriotic mission for our country. When we have won great victories - in 1945, 1964, 1997 - it has been by defining a new national mission. That is what we can, must and will do again," he adds.

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