Ed Miliband slams cuts to services
THE leader of the Labour party hit out at the government for cutting frontline services during a speech in Notts.
Ed Miliband was speaking to Labour councillors from all over the country at the Local Government Association conference, held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, on Saturday.
Opening his speech, Mr Miliband praised the leadership of Nottingham city council and explained his vision.
He said: "Jon Collins and his fantastic team are doing a great job representing Nottingham for our party.
"You are on the front line making incredibly difficult decisions at the minute, making decisions which you did not come into politics to make, because of what this government is doing in Westminster."
Mr Miliband said the solution to the country's problems was for everyone to work together for equality – his One Nation ideal.
He said: "One Nation means in difficult times that everyone plays a part and shares a common mission.
"But how can the prime minister possibly say we are 'in it together', when he is penalising disabled people, divorced families and grandparents, but will cut the top rate of income tax this April?"
Speaking to the Post after his speech, Mr Miliband added he was confident Nottinghamshire would vote Labour in 2015. He said: "I want people in Nottingham to take a new look at the Labour party, because we have learnt from our mistakes in the past and we are showing people that there is a different position for this country going forward."
In response to Mr Miliband, Patrick Mercer, Tory MP for Newark, said: "Of course there are cuts and of course life is difficult. We are having to pick up the pieces from the previous government – of which Ed Miliband was a part – which spent recklessly and plunged our country into debt."