Ed Miliband goes on to argue,
New Labour's proposition was very simple - we need to persuade Tory voters to come with us. The task is very different now.
Allegra Stratton in the Guardian covered the Essay this morning. As did Shamik Das at Left Foot Forward, complete with graph of the new Ipsos data.
Five million votes were lost by Labour between 1997 and 2010, but four out of the five million didn’t go to the Conservatives. One third went to the Liberal Democrats, and most of the rest simply stopped voting. It wasn’t, in the main, the most affluent, professional voters that deserted Labour either... You really don’t need to be a Bennite to believe that this represents a crisis of working-class representation for Labour – and our electability.
This is the final essay in the Fabians' leadership essays, which will be published in a single volume on the Fabian website over the next few days.