Norwich Labour candidate hits out at Ed Miliband line on strikes

Clive Lewis. Labour party Clive Lewis. Labour party

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
4:37 PM

Labour’s Norwich South candidate has lashed out at his party’s refusal to support tomorrow’s strikes, claiming its line is “profoundly disappointing”.

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Thousands of council workers, teachers and school support staff across Norfolk will strike over what they claim is an “insulting” pay offer.

Schools will be shut and council services will be hit as members of trade unions UNISON, GMB, Unite take industrial action over a pay offer of 1pc for those earning more than £14,880.

Ed Miliband’s spokesman has refused to support the strikes, saying: “We don’t want to see strikes happening, but the best way to stop them happening is for the Government to avoid ramping up the rhetoric.”

Mr Lewis, a former BBC journalist who now works as a technician at the corporation, took to Twitter last night, saying: “Just read the official Lab Party line on July10 strikes.Profoundly disappointed.Ill be proud to suppt & march with them 4decent pay&pensions.” (Sic)

The former army officer will be joining unions for their joint demonstration in Norwich City Centre at midday tomorrow, and will be speaking at the rally in Chapelfield Gardens.

He said: “No one participating in this strike has taken such action lightly. We all know they care passionately about the public services they provide. Services we all rely on. Services they’ve kept up and running despite ever deepening Coalition cuts.

“That’s why I’m proud to be joining them tomorrow. Proud of the thousands of teachers, dinner ladies, street cleaners, bin collectors, care workers, teaching assistants and the vital roles they perform. Because without them we’d be lost.”

“For too long they’ve had to bear the brunt of the austerity measures that have been imposed by this government. Their pay has gone up only 1pc since 2010 and in October even the national minimum wage will overtake local authority pay scales. And all this while FTSE 100 CEOs have seen a cumulative 480pc pay rise since 1998.

“The top 10pc are now sitting on more wealth (including financial, property and assets) than the entire bottom half of our population. This isn’t trickle-down economics, it’s a torrent-up and it’s wrong.”

A Labour spokesman said: “No-one wants to see a strike, not least because of the impact on children and parents. Instead of ramping up the rhetoric the Government should get round the table, because both sides have a responsibility to stop it happening.”

The party has refused to condem the strikes, saying: “We don’t think we should get into the language of condemnation because that just ramps up the rhetoric. We don’t want to see strikes happening – which is why both sides need to get round the table to resolve this.”

24 comments

  • Blimey.....it's a troll festival now.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

  • Vote Kippers, Nigel's people army to take both Norwich seats.

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    nrg

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • dodging bullets??? he was media officer, training officers how to tell common soldiers loved ones that they've son- husband has been blown up,shot etc.And his stint at the officers training thingy was sponsored by the beeb.

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    nrg

    Friday, July 11, 2014

  • @Larson This is your one and only argument . Calling people trolls. A good sign that you are a labour voter

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    milecross

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Is this really the kind of MP anybody wants? He is going to do a lot for the economy isn't he, saying that he has to do what his union pay masters want him to.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Thats trolling for you.

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Look Out!!! The trolls are regrouping!

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    BarclayBigMouth

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Keep 'em coming John.

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    BarclayBigMouth

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Not sure I've ever seen a more hypocrital post on here than that Larson, its not like your one of the first to comment on most stories. Most of these public sector workers are in similar jobs to our commercial colleagues in the same union but are earning more than the commercial sector for that same job. Typical of the unions to ignore the commercial sector but expect their support for the public sector.

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    BarclayBigMouth

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Look Out!!! The trolls are regrouping!

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    marty r

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • A typically courageous stand by a man who knows what it is to face Taliban bullets.Contrast that with the snide,puny Tories who do not even dare to post under their real names.Are they men,or mice?

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • I don't know him well, but have met him on a couple of occasions. From the admittedly little I know, I can tell you he is far from a posh boy. Council estate in Northants, state school, Bradford uni. Personally I think he is to be admired for sticking his neck out - if anything this can be a potential vote loser given how hostile much of the public are to strikes. As a recently retired nurse I can tell you they have been on a pay freeze for 5 years now. Many have been downgraded in the mental health trust to lower pay bands too. Morale is at an all time low. Nurses are contracted to 37.5 hours per week. Personally I was working more like 50 some weeks. That is not uncommon. People don't realise how much public services run on good will - and this govt are seriously taking the p*ss.

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    Nick Bishop

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Keep 'em coming John.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Not sure I've ever seen a more hypocrital post on here than that Larson, its not like your one of the first to comment on most stories. Most of these public sector workers are in similar jobs to our commercial colleagues in the same union but are earning more than the commercial sector for that same job. Typical of the unions to ignore the commercial sector but expect their support for the public sector.

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    Piranha24

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

  • Another politician with no idea of the real world. A lot of the people on strike have been given a 4% pay rise this year. They all have excellent pensions as well, and are now having to contribute properly, just as the rest of us have to. Lucky for me, my small company has its exit policy in place, just in case they get in next year

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    DaveG

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Typical Labour posh boy who has little connection to the City of Norwich and probably as little intention of staying around if he is not elected, he will simply move on to the next winnable labour seat.

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    blister

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • This Labour candidate comes from the same privileged background that many labour candidates come from, no experience of the real world and thinks throwing money at everything without bothering how you earn that money is the answer to everything. If he and his chums get elected there will be another financial crisis at the end of their 5 year term and he won't bother if thousands of people have lost their jobs along the way.

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    blister

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • How about other Parties in Norwich as well as other Labour wannabee in the hard north of Norwich?

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    No to tory boy

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Will he vote against the austerity programme signed up to by his Labour Party leader. How do you know if a politician is lying - their lips move.

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    Gina

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Of course he supports the strike. He hopes there are votes in it for him. Strikes never resolve anything. All these people will do will be to lose a days pay. At least the council will be financially better off. Pity the weather wasn`t going to better so they could enjoy their unpaid day off.

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    BG

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • About time you joined the " real " world Blister and got a proper job , trolling on here all day under a variety of identities is not a real job.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • This false bluster won't wash. Archant, our establishment newspaper provider, has obviously accepted that they can work with Labour and this is the last freedom this young man has before he will be whipped into line by the party oligarchs and aparatschiks. Its not too late to jump of this burning party bandwagon, unless of course, one has sold one's soul.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • A media selfie who thinks he talks for the people of Norwich ,who play fair,work hard, pay taxes trying to raise their families to a standard of living which he is used to.Two words himself up .

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    PaulH

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • Not surprising this Labour candidate is in favour of strikes, he worked for the BBC so has no experience of the real world much like the public service workers

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    blister

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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