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Miliband says NHS is Labour's big focus

On the day that the Conservative Party unveiled their election manifesto, Labour has used the east to launch its attack, criticising David Cameron's failure to include the NHS at the top of his election pledges.

Ed Miliband was in Stevenage where he made it clear that the NHS is Labour's priority.

The health care system is likely to be a big election issue after a bleak start to 2015 for our health services...

  • Addenbrooke's in Cambridge was named as one of the worst performing for A&E waiting times in our region.

  • Major internal incidents were declared at Addenbrooke's and Peterborough City Hospital, with black and red alerts at others.

  • The private company running Hinchingbrooke in Huntingdon pulled out of its contract for the NHS Hospital.

Today Ed Miliband said Labour would turn around the fortunes of the NHS with more resources.

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Miliband claims UK less safe outside EU

Politicians who recommend leaving the European Union risk making the country more vulnerable to terrorism, Ed Miliband has suggested during a Q&A in Stevenage.

Ed Miliband Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Labour leader, who was in Paris yesterday to show solidarity after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, said cross-border co-operation over security was crucial.

Speaking at an event with voters in Stevenage, Mr Miliband reiterated that he wanted the UK to stay in the EU.

"Think about terrorism and counter-terrorism. We are much better working across borders to do that," he said.

"Think about our economy... I just think we are much, much better working within the EU than not."

Asked afterwards whether Mr Miliband thought the Paris attacks had strengthened the case for staying in the union, a senior Labour source said: "It's certainly his belief that security is one of the issues where working across the EU shows its obvious benefits.

"We all remember from 7/7 that the European arrest warrant (EAW) played a vital role in bringing those suspects back to Britain. The EAW has been a very useful tool in dealing with security issues since it was introduced."

Pressed on whether that meant politicians who wanted Britain to leave the EU were endangering people, the source said: "I wouldn't back away from that interpretation.

"I think security is an important part of what the EU does."


Miliband holds Q&A in Stevenage

Ed Miliband has been taking part in a Q&A session with an invited audience in Stevenage.

Ed Miliband answering questions in Stevenage Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Labour leader spoke for around 80 minutes this morning, answering questions from the group of pre-selected people at Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre.

Audience at Q&A session Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stevenage is a target seat that Labour wants to win back in the General Election.

Ed Miliband pledges to give councils powers to ban payday lenders

The Labour leader Ed Miliband has been in our region today, launching his party's campaign for the 2013 local elections.

This morning in Ipswich, he pledged to give councils new powers, to stop pay-day lenders and betting shops swamping our high streets. He also set out proposals to change planning laws so councils can refuse permission for certain businesses.


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Miliband launches Labour's local election campaign

Ed Miliband launches Labour's local election campaign in Ipswich.

A Labour government will give councils new powers to stop pay day lenders and betting shops swamping high streets, Ed Miliband pledged.

Businesses that do well out of hard times are springing up in place of shops, restaurants and banks but town halls are almost powerless to act, the party leader warned.

He set out Labour proposals to change planning laws so councils could refuse permission for certain businesses, including payday lenders that "engulf" people in debt.

Labour's election launch pad in the East of England

The long and probably bitter campaign leading up to the next General Election may have begun right here in the East of England.

Ed Miliband chose Bedford as the setting today for his first major policy announcements.

The Labour Leader wants to see the reintroduction of the 10p tax band which was famously scrapped under former Labour PM Gordon Brown. And funding for it. would come in the form of a new "mansion tax."

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Labour leader speaks to ITV News Anglia

The Labour leader Ed Miliband has been telling ITV News Anglia why he chose Bedford to launch his party's economic strategy for the next General Election in 2015.

Mr Miliband made his keynote speech at the Bedford Training Group where four-year apprenticeship are offered.

He said Labour would re-introduce the 10p tax rate that Gordon Brown scrapped.

Mr Miliband told ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper that he came to Bedford because it was there in 1957 that the then Conservative Prime Minister told Britain that we had "never had it so good."

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