Ed Miliband came to Bedford this morning to deliver a key speech on the economy.
Joined by shadow chancellor Ed Balls, and prospective parliamentary candidate for Bedford and Kempston Patrick Hall, Mr Miliband visited Bedford Training Group, in Brunel Road, to meet staff and students.
Mr Miliband used the major speech to say that he wants to reverse Gordon Brown’s abolition of the 10p tax rate, and pay for the changes with a mansion tax on homes worth more than £2million.
He said: “One crucial choice that we would make which is different from this government and different from the last government, we would tax houses worth over £2million and would use the money to cut taxes for working people. We would put right a mistake made by Gordon Brown and the last Labour government, we would use the money raised by mansion tax to reintroduce a lower 10p starting rate of tax with the size of the balance depending on the amount raised. This would benefit 25million basic rate taxpayers and it would move Labour on from the past and put Labour where it should always have been, on the side of working people.”
Mr Miliband also claimed that the current government’s strategy for dealing with the recession is not working.
He said: “After the next election there will be less money around, we know we will inherit a high deficit and face difficult choices.
“But we also know from this government that without a plan for growth a plan for the deficit, and it is different choices and new priorities that will turn our economy around. By protecting the incomes of working people with new priorities on taxation.”
He added: “A one nation labour government led by me would put a fairer tax system at the heart of its new priorities, it’s a crucial part of how we build an economy where everyone can play their part. A one nation Labour budget next month would lay the foundation for a recovery made by the many, and not just the few at the top of society.”
Speaking after the address Mr Miliband told the Times & Citizen of his support for Patrick Hall’s candidacy, even though he lost what was viewed to be a safe Bedford and Kempston seat at the last general election.
He said: “Patrick Hall is determined to be here for the people of Bedford. I know this because I’ve been here a few times and I have no doubt about how much he cares.”
He added: “I won’t be doing other jobs and he won’t be doing other things.”
And Mr Miliband also revealed what he would be doing after his Valentine’s Day speech.
He said: “I shall be going home to my wife and we shall be at home together watching a video and getting a Chinese takeaway. The flowers should be arriving any time now.”
After the visit Silvano Caparco, sales and marketing manager at Bedford Training group, said: “It’s always great news for high profile politicians to show an interest in a town like Bedford and we believe that Ed Miliband certainly shares our passion for training in general.”
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