WALTHAMSTOW: Minster previews Labour manifesto

WALTHAMSTOW: Minster previews Labour manifesto

Ed Milliband

Tessa Jowell and Ed Milliband

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THE author of Labour’s election manifesto has vowed to protect local jobs, public services and spending on schools.

Energy and climate change minister Ed Miliband also praised Labour prospective parliamentary candidate Stella Creasy, during a visit to the Lloyd Park Children’s Centre in Walthamstow.

Providing a preview of the Labour manifesto on the day before its Monday release, Mr Milliband said: “We know business as usual willl not do. We know business as usual will not do in relation to our economy, public services or our politics either.

“The reason business will not do is because of the two crises we have seen - the global economic crisis and the political crisis caused by expenses.

“We are looking for three mandates: to rebuild and renew the economy, to strengthen public services and society as we cut the deficit and to renew our politics.

"We are fighting for the future in this election. "Our country needs the next phase of renewal like it needed in 1997.

"We are the people with the values, experience and judgement to make that happen.”

He also attacked the Tories for failing to guarantee spending on education.

“The Tories refuse to guarantee spending on schools and Sure Start centres, including schools and centres in this constituency,” he said.

Mr Miliband paid tribute to “brilliant local MP” Neill Gerrard, who is standing down at the next election, but said his “very good friend” Stella Creasy would make a “fantastic” member of Parliament for Walthamstow.

Ms Creasy said: "It is amazing to have Ed come to Walthamstow and give us all a sneak preview of the manifesto.

"What a way to put Walthamstow on the map. I am very proud to have him here."

Reacting to the Labour manifesto, Tory frontbencher Chris Grayling told the BBC that it was "a series of reheated promises that Labour have already broken once.”

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said Labour had promised fairness at each of the last three elections, adding: “If they haven't managed to do it in 13 years, why would anyone believe they are going to do it this time?"

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7:06pm Sun 11 Apr 10

April Showers says...

Careful, Stella, you know what pride cometh before...!
Careful, Stella, you know what pride cometh before...! April Showers
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11:50am Mon 12 Apr 10

devilsmojo says...

Time to get this shower out of office (not in Walthamstow though as they always win regardless of what they do)
Time to get this shower out of office (not in Walthamstow though as they always win regardless of what they do) devilsmojo
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2:41pm Mon 12 Apr 10

Cllr Matt Davis says...

I shall be checking Stella's election expenses to ensure that she has paid the going rate for the hire of the Lloyd Park Children's Centre for party political purposes during an election.
I shall be checking Stella's election expenses to ensure that she has paid the going rate for the hire of the Lloyd Park Children's Centre for party political purposes during an election. Cllr Matt Davis
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2:48pm Mon 12 Apr 10

Cllr Matt Davis says...

Also perhaps Stella and Milliband can explain why they have clearly broken the Cabinet Office guidelines on using public buildings for party political purposes during an election campaign?

The Cabinet Office guidelines specifically say:

"Neither Ministers, nor any other Parliamentary candidates, should involve Government establishments or offices (such as Jobcentres) in the General Election campaign by visiting them for electioneering purposes."

That seems pretty clear, but then anyone who has seen how Labour have run roughshod over both the law and all sorts of other rules in their time in control of the Council, probably won't be too surprised to see this rule broken too as soon as it suits them.
Also perhaps Stella and Milliband can explain why they have clearly broken the Cabinet Office guidelines on using public buildings for party political purposes during an election campaign? The Cabinet Office guidelines specifically say: "Neither Ministers, nor any other Parliamentary candidates, should involve Government establishments or offices (such as Jobcentres) in the General Election campaign by visiting them for electioneering purposes." That seems pretty clear, but then anyone who has seen how Labour have run roughshod over both the law and all sorts of other rules in their time in control of the Council, probably won't be too surprised to see this rule broken too as soon as it suits them. Cllr Matt Davis
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