Labour want more working class candidates

Labour will select more working class candidates ahead of the next general election in a bid to change the make-up of the party.

Ed Miliband Labour
Labour leader Ed Miliband wants to change the make-up of the party. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Ed Miliband said Parliament was too middle class and lacked diversity, while adding that Labour would seek to bring in more candidates from business and the military.

He told the parliamentary journal The House: "What you are going to see from us this year...is a party reaching out to all parts of the country but also a party that's going to get people from all backgrounds.

"Business people; I want more people who are military and ex-military, like Dan Jarvis, in the party. People from all class backgrounds because frankly I think Parliament is too middle class and doesn't have that diversity that it needs to have."

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