JEREMY Corbyn won’t be able to deliver all of his grand promises to the British people, one of his own MPs has warned.
Bridget Phillipson said she feared the party risked “setting ourselves up to fail” by promising too much that there just isn’t the time or capacity to deliver on.
The MP for Houghton and Sunderland urged Labour to focus on what to prioritise first if they ever got into power – and to manage expectations about what’s actually possible.
She told a Resolution Foundation event in Westminster this morning: “We have built up a very high load of expectations for the next Labour Government.
“If we were to return to power in a General Election this year as a majority government, the amount of legislation we would have to get through Parliament in order to start achieving the changes we have promised, is huge.”
And she went on: “We will be faced with high expectations which will be very hard for us to meet, where I fear we risk setting ourselves up to fail.”
Ms Phillipson specifically referred to Labour’s policies on childcare and adult social care, which she hinted could take years to put in place.
They might not even be done in Labour’s first term in office, she added.
“We will not be in a place to deliver a new Jerusalem in year one, or even term one,” she said.
The MP urged the leadership to focus on nationalisation as one of their first tasks in Government, and to take aim at water company giants and bus company bosses, rather than tackling train barons.
Mr Corbyn has been pushing for an election so his party can take power for months – but failed in his no confidence motion last month to take down the Government.
The leftie leader wooed the electorate during the last general election with magic money tree promises to nationalise industries, reverse cuts and turn on the spending taps with extra money for everything under the sun.
But experts warned their election giveaways would blow a billion-pound hole in Britain’s budget and would force taxes up.
It will be a “hell of a challenge” for the party in office to deliver all changes promised, Ms Phillipson argued today.
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Labour’s shadow cabinet minister Jon Trickett told the same event he was in the process of drawing up detailed plans about what the party’s first days and weeks in power would look like.
“I have taken the manifesto and have been building up a grid of all the promises we have made to our country – we are now turning those into a detailed plan for action.”
He insisted that the leftie boss had a “radical but deliverable” plan.
“We will have a set of credible policies, a programme for government, and whenever the election comes, we will be ready to serve if we have the opportunity,” he said.
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