Since 9 November, Labour has issued 52 press releases to the media, of which 28 have quoted a shadow cabinet member or shadow minister describing the Government as ‘out of touch’.
Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna appears to be at the forefront of the attacks, with four press releases since 9 November flagging up his use of the attack line.
The Streatham MP has argued that ‘the Government is completely out of touch with the needs of business’ and that ‘David Cameron has shown he is desperately out of touch with the needs of British businesses and the needs of nearly one million young unemployed people’.
Another press release stated: ‘Mr Umunna… will cite four examples which show how the Government is out of touch with business.’ A subsequent release quoted Umunna saying: ‘The Government is out of touch with British business and is making the wrong choices for the economy.’
Leader Ed Miliband, shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint and shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves have used the attack line three times each in the last nine days, according to recent press releases.
It has twice been attributed to shadow communities secretary Hillary Benn and shadow small businesses minister Toby Perkins.
Shadow cabinet heavyweights Ed Balls, Yvette Cooper and Harriet Harman have also deployed the phrase in recent press releases.
However, none of the press releases sent out since 9 November refer to a use of the attack line by shadow health secretary Andy Burnham, shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander or shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy.
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