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GMB On Ed Miliband Speech

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Speech A Direct Appeal To Millions Of Former Labour Voters “Come Home To Labour To Save The NHS, We Can Do It Together”

There was the same direct appeal on quality apprenticeships, living standards and affordable housing says GMB.

GMB commented on the speech by Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party, at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester on Tuesday 23 September.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said “This was a good speech well delivered.

It contained no personal ambition and was focused on the deep seated problems in the country about which he said are no quick fixes.

It was a direct appeal to the millions who stopped voting for us saying “come home to Labour to save the NHS, we can do it together”. There was the same direct appeal on quality apprenticeships, living standards and affordable housing.

His starting point is that politics are broken, we have to rebuild – with a vision for a different future. GMB welcome this.”


Contact Lisa Johnson 07900 392228 or Kamaljeet Jandu 07956 237178 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

Notes to editors

Extracts from Ed Miliband’s speech and briefing at Labour Party Conference 2014


SAVING OUR NHS: Build a world-class, 21st century health and care service.

The challenge: The Tories haven’t just de-stabilised the health service and wasted billions on a top-down reorganisation, they are holding the NHS back from meeting the challenges of the 21st Century: an ageing population, more people living with chronic conditions, the rise of mental health, and a higher premium on preventing illness. As a result, the NHS is going backwards with one in four patients waiting a week or more for a GP appointment, the number of older people ending up in hospital unnecessarily at an all-time high because of inadequate social care, and waiting lists at their highest for six years.

 We will transform our NHS. It is time to care about our NHS. We need doctors, nurses, midwives, care workers, who are able to spend proper time with us, not rushed off their feet. So we will set aside resources so that we can have in our NHS 3,000 more midwives, 5,000 more care workers, 8,000 more GPs and 20,000 more nurses. An NHS with time to care.

And in order to pay for it we won’t borrow an extra penny. Or raise taxes on ordinary working families. We will clamp down on tax avoidance including tax loopholes by the hedge funds to raise over £1 billion. We will use the proceeds from a mansion tax on homes above £2 million.

And we will raise extra resources from the tobacco companies, who make soaring profits on the back of ill health. Because friends the principle of building it together means everyone playing their part in making our NHS what it needs to be.

In total we will set aside £2.5 billion in an NHS time to care fund and tomorrow Andy Burnham will set out our integrated plan for physical health, mental health and care for the elderly. Truly a 21st century National Health Service. The stakes are incredibly high at this election and nowhere more so than on the National Health Service because we know the NHS is sliding backwards under this government. We know they are privatising and fragmenting it.”

Labour’s Plan for the first years of the next government:

· Guaranteeing 48 hour access to GPs to improve services and ease pressure on A&E at hospitals.

· Repealing the Government’s Health & Social Care Act to put the right values back at the heart of the NHS and stop wasteful spending.

· Integrating health and care services, ensuring joined-up, preventative care to help keep people healthy out of hospital.

· Strengthening patient entitlements, including to mental health treatments.

TACKLING LOW WAGES: Halve the number of people on low pay in our country, changing the lives of over two million people.

The challenge: The number of workers on low pay now stands at over five million - a fifth of all employees - with half of all people in poverty now living in working households. The proportion of UK workers who are low paid is one of the worst in the developed world – 25th out of a league table of 30 OECD countries.

Labour’s plan for the first years of the next government

· Raise the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour by the end of the next Parliament, double the increase under this government and bringing the lowest paid closer to average earnings.

· Strengthen enforcement of the National Minimum Wage by increasing the penalty for non-payment to £50,000 and giving local authorities new powers to support the work of HMRC.

· Offer ‘Make Work Pay’ contracts to those accrediting as Living Wage employers, with firms getting a tax rebate worth up to £1,000 per worker funded by the increased tax and National Insurance revenues the Treasury receives.

TACKLING THE COST-OF-LIVING CRISIS: Help working families share fairly in the wealth of our country so, when the economy grows, the wages of everyday working people grow at the same rate.

The challenge: The link between the wealth of our nation and family finances has been broken resulting in a cost-of-living crisis for millions of everyday working people. Even after months of economic recovery, the average worker is more than £1,600 worse off than in 2010 while Britain’s growing army of self-employed – now standing at five million – have seen their living standards fall 14 per cent since 2009/10.

Labour’s Plan for the first years of the next government:

· Ensuring Britain’s army of self-employed people see the benefits of going out to work by stopping them being locked out of mortgages or pensions.

· Improving skills and productivity with new gold standard vocational qualifications and more high quality apprenticeships.

· Supporting small firms with a cut in business rates and giving them access to the finance they need through a proper British Investment Bank and a more competitive banking system.

· Building growth across all regions of the country by devolving £30 billion of funding and giving control over the full revenue from business rates to powerhouse economic regions.

· Introducing an industrial strategy in sectors which create the high skill, high wage jobs of the future, including ten year certainty for science and innovation budgets.

RESTORING THE DREAM OF HOME OWNERSHIP: Meet demand for new homes for the first time in half a century - doubling the number of first-time buyers getting on to the housing ladder a year.

The challenge: Housebuilding has reached its lowest level in peacetime since the 1920s and the dream of home ownership is slipping out of reach for millions of young families with the number of first-time buyers under this Government averaging less than 200,000 a year.

Labour’s Plan for the first years of the next government

· Increase the number of new homes being built to at least 200,000 homes a year by the end of the next Parliament.

· Create new Olympic-style delivery agencies called New Homes Corporations to drive through large scale housing development at pace.

· Make building new homes, including in the public sector, a top priority in our capital investment programme over the next Parliament.

· Give ‘use it or lose it’ powers for local communities to tackle developers who hoard land unnecessarily.

· Deliver a new generation of Garden Cities and give landlocked councils a right to grow.

GIVING ALL YOUNG PEOPLE A SHOT IN LIFE: Ensure as many school-leavers go on to apprenticeships as go to university.

The challenge: There are not enough advanced, high quality apprenticeships available for school-leavers - with four times as many going to university instead. This is leaving both young people and businesses without the skills they need to succeed for the future.

Labour’s Plan for the first years of the next government

Require every firm getting a major government contract to offer apprenticeships.

Insist that large employers hiring skilled workers from outside the EU offer apprenticeships to young people in the UK.

Give employers more control over how the government spends training funds in return for them providing more high quality apprenticeships in their sectors and supply chains.

Create thousands more apprenticeships in the public sector, including the Civil Service, creating a fast track scheme like that already existing for graduates from top universities.

Focusing apprenticeships on new entrants to the labour market, because under this Government more than 75 per cent of new apprenticeships have gone to over 25 year olds.

SECURING THE FUTURE Green Technology in 2025: Create one million more high-tech jobs by securing the UK’s position as is a world leader in green industries.

The challenge: Climate change is real, man-made and happening. But the Tories have betrayed their promises on the environment, undermining Britain’s ability to compete for a global green industry market worth £3.4 trillion a year with investment in clean energy falling.

Labour’s Plan for the first years of the next government

· A clear commitment to tackling climate change by supporting an ambitious, legally-binding international agreement on climate change at the Paris Conference in 2015

· Boosting investment in low-carbon technologies by a setting a legal target to remove the carbon from our electricity supply by 2030 and developing an active industrial strategy for the green economy.

· Strengthening the Green Investment Bank so it can invest in the technologies and industries of the future.

· Devolving power to ensure 5 million homes are insulated.




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