A Labour Party frontbencher has refused to say what the party even stands for, insisting that information is "confidential".
"I, I can't, they're confidential meetings," Ashworth stammered in response. "It's a political party! I'm not asking you PIN numbers!" Ray shouted incredulously.
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) May 19, 2021
"We have got to speak to the British people about their priorities and their interests and their concerns," the Leicester South MP continued — and hinted that Labour was going to ask voters what principles it should have.
"We're launching a big policy review, which we're going to take to the country, and we're going to engage the country in a discussion and a debate, and we're going to listen!" Ashworth stressed.
"It is ironic though," regular host Susanna Reid pointed out, "when you say we need to tell the electorate what we stand for, but we can't yet because it's confidential." Ashworth brushed off his embarrassing blunder as a mere "throwaway comment".
A Savanta ComRes poll published on Monday showed Prime Minister Boris Johnson way ahead of Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer in approval ratings in all age groups — with more saying they "don't know" who is a better leader than backing Starmer.
— Savanta ComRes (@SavantaComRes) May 18, 2021
Meanwhile a YouGov poll late last week put the Tories 15 points ahead of Labour.
— Britain Elects (@BritainElects) May 14, 2021