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 Reforming the outdated House of Lords, enfranchising young people, and doubling the number of homes for first-time buyers will resonate with many in Cambridge.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.
George Osborne was in Cambridge last week trumpeting investment in a new polar research ship. Speaking on BBC Look East, Cambridge Labour Parliamentary Candidate Daniel Zeichner welcomed any additional funding, but pointed out that whereas investment in science doubled during the period of Labour Government, it has been frozen by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, resulting in a real-terms cut of around 15%:
Shadow DEFRA Secretary of State Mary Creagh was in Cambridge to visit the world-leading Sainsbury Laboratory. She was shown the building and laboratory by the Director, Professor Ottoline Leyser, and also met Professor Chris Gilligan, Head of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Cambridge who is the Chair of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce for a discussion on their work on ash dieback disease.
Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls was in Cambridge last week, stealing media headlines from Nick Clegg who was in the city on the same day. Cambridge Labour Parliamentary spokesperson Daniel Zeichner arranged for Ed to meet key business leaders and representatives of the hi-tech sector at the Hauser Forum in West Cambridge, from where Ed did a live television interview on Look East.