Jon Cruddas: Some Of My Friends Vote BNP.. I Understand Their Concerns

Posted: Updated:

Labour's policy review chief has admitted some of his friends vote for the BNP and he understands their concerns, in a signal of how deep the effort in the Labour party to reconnect with the white working class goes.

Speaking to The Huffington Post UK at Labour's conference, Jon Cruddas said he associated with people who vote BNP, adding "I can understand a lot of my friends' concerns."

The MP for Dagenham, who has campaigned against the BNP in East London, was responding to a question about an interview in the Fabian Review, published this week, where he said: "I have mates who are BNP and UKIP and Tory. I don't surround myself with Labour members who have the same views as me."

jon cruddas

Cruddas told The Huffington Post he could understand his BNP voting friends' concerns

But Cruddas told The Huffington Post UK while he was not misquoted, he disagreed with the BNP's politics.

"I have friends of mine who vote BNP," he said. "I think I said why I disagree with them."

The shadow cabinet member, who stood for the deputy leadership, has previously warned people will turn to the BNP as part of protest politics.

"The BNP thrive in areas where people feel forgotten by the mainstream parties. We have to mobilise ordinary decent people against the BNP, on the streets, in workplaces and in local communities," he told Metro.

Most Popular Videos

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Jon Cruddas on building the new Jerusalem

Jon Cruddas: Labour was wrong to dismiss Cameron's "big society"

The identity crisis of Jon Cruddas | Liberal Conspiracy

Jon Cruddas: Labour could offer voters an EU referendum

Jon Cruddas on building the new Jerusalem

Jon Cruddas: Future Labour government could hold referendum on Europe

The New Statesman's rolling politics blog

Labour conference: Douglas Alexander describes 'total unanimity' for continued ...

UK Labour MP: 'LibDems benign force'