Ed Miliband has begun to outline his local government strategy in Birmingham. The Labour leader said ; "Labour is changing so that we can change the country. On living standards, on jobs, on the NHS and on crime." On living standards he said;
Every pensioner over the age of 75 won't have to shop around for energy - we will force the energy companies to give you the lowest tariff.
We would cap rail fares on all routes.
We wouldn't be cutting the 50p tax rate for millionaires we'd actually be spending the money to make sure those pensioners tax allowances were put back in place.
Ed Miliband is expected to announce a Labour pledge to make tackling vandalism and anti-social behaviour a priority. He will also highlight efforts by Labour councils to set up work programmes and promise to protect 6,000 nurses from Government cuts.
Labour leader Ed Miliband will today launch his party's local election campaign.
He is expected to accuse the government of abandoning middle Britain in favour of the wealthy few.
"This is a Government that doesn't listen to squeezed middle families who work hard to make ends meet,
"A Government that doesn't listen to pensioners who have worked hard all their lives. And a Government that doesn't listen to young people who can only dream of working a tall.
"They have abandoned any pretence they can govern for the whole country. They have abandoned Middle Britain."
Labour will govern forthe whole country "not just the wealthy few" according to leader EdMiliband who today launches the party’s local election campaign in England.
Labour's still reeling after their shock defeat in the Bradford West by-election atthe hands of George Galloway last week.
The local elections will take place on 3 May.