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LABOUR CONFERENCE: Norfolk man’s view from behind Ed Miliband

16:34 23 September 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine arrive at Midland Hotel in Manchester before the start of the Labour Party's annual conference. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 20, 2014. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine arrive at Midland Hotel in Manchester before the start of the Labour Party's annual conference. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 20, 2014. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Images of Norfolk Labour member Jono Read will be beamed across the country tonight after he was picked to sit behind the leader for his speech. He gives his verdict on Ed Milband’s final speech before the election.

This wasn’t just the leader of Labour Party speaking to Britain but a leader speaking as someone who could be Prime Minister in eight months time. I was delighted to be on stage for this final big conference speech before the General Election, and as a young voter in Norfolk I found so much resonated with me and my generation.

The ten year plan to build enough housing to ensure we can all have our own home to live in, a mansion tax to pay for more doctors and nurses so we can get to see an appointment within 48 hours, and a pledge to create a million new jobs in the green industry.

University was the only option on the table when I finished sixth form so I’m encouraged to hear so much emphasis on good apprenticeships being promoted in schools too. Plus a stronger minimum wage and votes for young people too are all very positive measures.

Too many young people believe politics isn’t for them but I believe Ed gets why they are so disenchanted with it. His plan will have a positive impact on their lives and show there is an alternative to this government that will work for the many.

11 comments

  • There was a time under Tony Blair where the right-wingers were happy with what the Labour Party did in government. Now Ed Miliband is upsetting these right-wing commenters I'm starting to think it does show there is an alternative to the Lib Dems, UKIP and the Conservatives...

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Thursday, September 25, 2014

  • Ops my error They haven`t its just that there is now a mk2 version of the Nhs story.

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    BG

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

  • Anyone else noticed yet that all the comments have been removed from the other Labour conference story in the EDP. Who has upset who then?

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    BG

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

  • Hands up anyone that can spot the difference between the four parties that are about to tout for our votes for the 2015 GE?.....that's right, there isn't one. Westminster reminds me somewhat of an old Morecambe and Wise sketch....what do you think of it so far?....rubbish!!!

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    Clungemeister

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

  • I'm not sure what a find the most irritating - Milbands gormless expression or the sound of his nasally whining voice.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

  • I've always thought Labour appointed the wrong brother as Leader and Ed Milbands speech has done nothing but reinforce that. He has conveniently ignored two of the biggest questions i.e. the economy and immigration. What he did offer though hints at further spending on the back of increased taxes. A million jobs in the green industry? How is that going to happen without true economic drivers behind it? Let me guess........government subsidies! It's a plan for false job creation similar to that which Labour did last time around in creating a million public sector jobs. What a joke!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

  • Out of nearly 5000 votes in the commons since 1997 only 21 would have gone differently if Scottish MP’s votes hadn’t been counted. So big deal then .

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

  • Agreed Andy let`s hope the EDP carries similar articles for the other main parties Tories, Lib Dems and UKIP. It is getting very Labour orientated nowadays with some Labour PPCs getting more than their fair share of print. I also noted the absence of the English question. Baring in mind the Mansion Tax is a tax that will only affect England which will require the support of Scottish MPs to get it through. Democracy Labour style.

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    BG

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

  • Shouldn't this be marked, "advertorial"? Also, I note the writer avoids mentioning English votes for the English!!

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    AndyMurch

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

  • Oh the ten year plan. Wonder how many will be in this country by then. Nothing about the major problems then? I liked the bit about apprenticeships. So why did they and the tories do away with it for 20 years.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

  • Ah the young. So gullible. Heard it all so many times before from leaders of all political persuasions. They will promise the earth to get the electorate on their side but if they get into power, reality sets in and very little happens. Tony Blair was handbagged over doctors appointments. So if the maestro didn`t sort it I doubt it if someone far less competent like Miliband can.

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    BG

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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