Miliband To Set Out 10-Year Strategy For Britain

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Miliband To Set Out 10-Year Strategy For Britain

Ed Miliband will use his Labour conference speech to pledge to double the number of first-time buyers, boost apprenticeships and massively increase spending on the NHS.

Addressing his party in Manchester , the Labour leader will outline a 10-year plan for Britain over two parliamentary terms and spell out a “national mission” with six goals for the country’s future.

One of those goals, unveiled in his final annual conference speech before the General Election, will be doubling the number of people buying their first home to 400,000 each year.

Other goals will be boosting apprenticeships until they match the number of people going to university, halving the number of low-paid workers and creating a million new “green technology” jobs.

But the centrepiece of his speech is expected to be a major spending pledge on the NHS, which is expected to be funded by a “mansion tax” on homes over £2m announced by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls in his conference speech earlier.

Mr Balls said the party would do “whatever it takes” to protect the NHS and Mr Miliband will pledge to create a “world class 21st Century health and care service”.

Referring to the close vote in the Scottish independence referendum, he will say many Scots wanted independence “because they felt they had nothing left to lose” by quitting the UK .

“Our task is to restore people’s faith in the future,” he will say. “But the way to do it is not to break up our country. It is to break with the old way of doing things, break with the past.”

Outlining plans to double the numbers getting on the housing ladder – partly through a pledge to be building 200,000 new homes a year by 2020 – Mr Miliband will say property ownership is “that most British of dreams” but has faded for too many young people priced out of the market.

The Labour leader will promise a “revolution in apprenticeships” to ensure as many school-leavers go into one as now go on to study for a degree.

At present four times as many go to university, “leaving both young people and businesses without the skills they need to succeed for the future”, he will add.

Mr Miliband will also promise help for “the growing army of our self-employed, five million working people, so often the most entrepreneurial, go-getting people in our country”.

He will add: “They don’t want special treatment. But they do deserve a fair shot: two thirds have no pension, one in five is stopped from getting a mortgage. It is time to end this modern injustice.

Setting out the battleground for the general election campaign, Mr Miliband will declare: “The Tories are the party of wealth and privilege. Labour is once again the party of hard work fairly-paid.”

But responding to Mr Miliband’s speech, Tory chairman Grant Shapps said: ” Ed Miliband forgets that he was at the heart of a Labour government which had three terms, 13 years – and left Britain on its knees at the end of it.”



 

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