Miliband quiet on borrowing

Ed Miliband has refused to be drawn on how his party would pay for measures to alleviate what he calls the "cost of living crisis". Labour has announced policies to force large firms to train more British apprentices and pay the minimum wage.

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Umunna: 'Labour learned from immigration mistakes'

Chuka Umunna said his party had learned from its mistakes Credit: PA

Making companies train a British apprentice for every foreign worker they hire from outside the European Union shows the Labour Party have learnt from their mistakes on immigration, shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has said.

Mr Umunna admitted that Labour while in government were sometimes worried that dealing with immigration involved issues of race and said the party have now listened to voters.

Mr Umunna said: "I think we acknowledge that we didn't get everything right in government in respect of immigration.

"To start with we were too afraid of talking about it because sometimes people were worried that that involved issues of race.

"But I don't think it is racist to worry about how immigration impacts on our economy and the opportunities for our young people.

"What you've seen today is the Labour Party showing that we've listened, we've learned from some of our mistakes and we're determined to ensure that we've got an economy that works for working families."

Ed Miliband seeks 'high wage British economy'

Ed Miliband has announced plans to support British workers and help families cope with rising cost of living ahead of the start of the Labour Party conference in Brighton today.

Signalling a tougher stance on immigration, Mr Miliband told the Sunday Mirror the party was "changing under my leadership" and had "learned lessons from the past".

I want a high wage British economy, not a low wage brutish economy.

We've got plans to make that happen, to drive up skills. So we are going to say to any firm that wants to bring in a foreign worker that they also have to train up someone who is a local worker, training up the next generation.


'Abuse of minimum wage' will receive maximum fine

Ed Miliband has announced plans for a tenfold increase in fines – from £5,000 to £50,000 – for any company that fails to pay the minimum wage as part of a radical manifesto to end exploitation and drive up the skills of millions of British workers.

Ed Miliband is using his party conference to set out plans to help families struggling with the rising cost of living. Credit: PA

In an interview with the Observer as the Labour conference opens in Brighton, he also pledges a new immigration law to ensure that medium and large companies can only take on a skilled worker from outside the EU if they pay to train a British worker in return.

"At the moment, if you don't pay the minimum wage, the maximum fine is £5,000. If you engage in fly-tipping, the maximum fine is £50,000. That is ridiculous. If you engage in systematic abuse of the minimum wage, you should have a maximum fine of £50,000," he said.

Disabled threatened by 'hate crime and benefit tests'

Labour is to say that too many mistakes are still being made regarding disability- with almost two in five assessments being appealed against and 42% of those appeals upheld, costing courts and tribunals around £20 million a year.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne will tell the Labour conference:

I say to David Cameron, Atos are a disgrace, you should sack them and sack them now.

[Labour] will change the law so hate crime against disabled people is treated like every other hate crime.

Like most families in this country, I know first-hand that disability can affect anyone. Someone is registered disabled every three minutes. Yet, today disabled people are threatened by a vicious combination of hate crime, Atos and the Bedroom Tax.

Firm carrying out benefit fitness tests 'must be sacked'

The firm carrying out "fitness for work" tests on disabled benefit claimants is a "disgrace" and should be stripped of its contract, Labour will demand.

Benefit fitness test firm 'must be sacked'. Credit: Michael Stephens/PA

Shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne will tell the Labour conference that Atos is getting too much wrong and should be sacked immediately.

He will also commit Labour to making disability hate crime a specific offence amid fears people are being let down by the criminal justice system.

Miliband outlines how he will fight the general election

Labour leader Ed Miliband has outlined some new policies he wants to fight the next general election on. He spoke earlier, on Brighton sea front, ahead of tomorrow's party conference.

He vowed that as well as scrapping the so-called bedroom tax, he will also provide extra child care to help parents, and "strengthen" the minimum wage.


47 per cent don't know what 'One Nation Labour' means

Just a year after Labour leader Ed Miliband launched his "One Nation Labour" slogan, nearly half of voters say they don't know what it means, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror tomorrow.

Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine arrive in Brighton on the eve of the Labour Party annual conference. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Labour's lead has barely changed:

Con 28% (0)

Lab 36% (-1)

UKIP 17% (-2)

LD 10% (+2)

Others 9% (+1)

Labour plans £50,000 fines over minimum wage rules

Labour leader Ed Miliband has announced plans to increase fines for employers deliberately paying below the minimum wage from £5,000 to a maximum of £50,000, as well as proposing to give local authorities new powers to investigate and enforce the law.

Leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine take their children for a walk along Brighton beach on the eve of Labour Party annual conference. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He will also announce a new taskforce to tackle exploitation within the care sector – and publish before the next election firm recommendations to clean up abuses in an industry which has become heavily reliant on low-skilled migrant Labour in recent years.

Labour announce apprenticeships and minimum wage

Ed Miliband has announced plans that will require big firms to train up an apprentice every time they bring in a worker from outside the EU. He says it will be in contrast to the “one in, one out”mantra of this government.

Labour leader Ed Miliband addresses shoppers in Brighton town centre on the eve of the Labour Party annual conference. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The “one in, one trained up” policy alone will create up to 125,000 new gold standard apprentices over the course of the next parliament, Labour says.

Labour to keep primary schools open longer for parents

Ed Miliband is using his party conference to set out plans to help families struggling with the rising cost of living. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Primary schools would be forced by law to look after pupils from 8am until 6pm under Labour plans to boost childcare, Ed Miliband has said.

The Labour leader said it "doesn't make sense in this century" that some schools still shut their gates in mid-afternoon when parents are often still at work.

Mr Miliband promised to "legislate for a primary school guarantee" on the longer opening hours.

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