Ed Miliband’s fighting speech in London this morning has really started next year’s general election campaign, says Cambridge Labour candidate Daniel Zeichner. Mr Zeichner was at the speech and says party supporters left the event enthused and inspired:
This is the Ed Miliband I backed for leader – passionate about challenging the unfairness and division that runs right through our country, and right through our divided city of Cambridge. He is right to challenge the complacency of Cameron and Clegg who claim that the economy is fixed, when we know in Cambridge that thousands are turning to the foodbank, thousands earn below the living wage, and increasing numbers find themselves on zero-hours contracts. He is right to criticise their inaction on the housing crisis in Cambridge, where new homes are snapped up by buy-to-rent landlords who then charge sky-rocketing rents to tenants.
Ed Miliband has again chosen Cambridge to make a major announcement to tackle the housing crisis. Earlier in the year he unveiled plans to strengthen rights for tenants in privately-rented homes, offering longer tenancies and protection against unexpected rent hikes.
Ed Miliband’s speech to Labour Conference could have been written for Cambridge, says Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate, Daniel Zeichner. As one of 6 key pledges, Ed Miliband promised that in the next 10 years, he would work to ensure that Britain is a world leader in green technology, with a million additional high technology jobs. With Cambridge at the leading edge of clean-tech technology, Mr Zeichner says that Cambridge will be key to delivering Labour’s vision:
Ed Miliband’s speech today could have been written for Cambridge. The promise to make Britain a world leader in green technology puts Cambridge at the heart of Labour’s vision for our economic future – with high quality, well-paid jobs the key, rather than the race to the bottom that we have seen in recent years. Reforming the outdated House of Lords, enfranchising young people, and doubling the number of homes for first-time buyers will resonate with many in Cambridge. Finally putting apprenticeships on an eqaul footing with universities could be transformational – but will require a big response from many of our companies. It is in their interest, but will take active Government intervention, which only Labour will provide, to make it happen.
Ed Miliband was in Cambridge last Thursday because official figures show that we have the highest proportion of private rented accommodation in the region – 26% -even higher than London. Earlier in the day Ed had launched Labour’s local and European election campaign and unveiled plans for sweeping reforms of the private rented housing sector which will help millions of households caught in the cost-of-living crisis.
Labour leader Ed Miliband’s announcement today that he would devolve spending powers to English cities is the real deal for Cambridge says Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner. In a speech in Birmingham today, he will set out the interim conclusions of Andrew Adonis’s Growth Review recommending the end of a century of centralisation by at least doubling the level of devolved funding - handing control of the equivalent of more than £20 billion to City and County Regions over the course of a Parliament.
Ed Miliband was in Cambridge today (April 15th) - and wowed a large crowd of many hundreds with a powerful speech before responding enthusiastically to a barrage of questions. He had arrived half an hour earlier, starting by walking through Petty Cury and along Sidney Street, talking to surprised passers-by who found themselves quickly surrounded by cameras. Guardian pundit Jackie Ashley, fresh from interviewing Douglas Alexander at Cambridge Wordfest yesterday, found that an expected day off suddenly became business as usual as her shopping expedition was interrupted by the Labour leader.