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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.

Miliband to outline five local election priorities

The Labour leader Ed Miliband will today outline five priorities for his party's local election campaign.

They include:

  • Cancelling the millionaires’ tax cut, and protecting the tax credits.
  • Introducing a mansion tax on houses worth over £2million fund a return of 10p income tax rate.
  • Reforming the energy market to "break the stranglehold" of the big six energy companies.
  • Cracking down on train fare increases.
  • Giving council's the power to control the payday loan companies opening up on their high streets.

Clegg to renew Lib Dems' mansion tax pledge

Nick Clegg will today claim the Government has "asked for a bit more from those who can afford it" and will pledge to continue to fight for the introduction of a mansion tax.

We've increased capital gains tax; introduced a higher rate of stamp duty and a £12.5 billion banking levy; we've closed loopholes and capped tax relief to stop the very rich from gaming the system. And the Liberal Democrats will continue to argue for our mansion tax.

– Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg

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Nick Clegg: 'Same thing' to vote for Tory or Labour

As the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launches the Liberal Democrat party's local election campaign today, he will lump both Labour and the Tories together as he attacks their track record.

Despite all their stated differences, a vote for Labour or the Tories will be a vote for the same thing.

Their record in local government shows that even when millions of families are feeling the pinch, they'll both squander taxpayers' money on waste, inefficiency and their own vanity projects.

A vote for the Liberal Democrats, on the other hand, is a vote for a party which - wherever we're in power - does its best to spread the burden of austerity fairly, investing in jobs and help for hard-pressed families.

Clegg to speak out against Tory 'vanity projects'

An attack on the Conservative party will be launched by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today, as he claims they squander taxpayers' money on vanity projects.

Launching the Liberal Democrat party's local election campaign, he will claim the Tories, along with Labour, have a record in local government of waste and inefficiency.

Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg Credit: : Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Mr Clegg will tell voters: "Difficult decisions will need to be made in local government, just as in national government, and people understand that.

"But they - rightly - expect that their representatives should make the fairest possible decisions."

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Miliband: Councils finding they lack 'real power'

Everyone here today knows how important our high streets are to towns and cities across Britain. They're not just the places we go to shop. They're the heart of our local communities. But today our high streets are changing -and often not for the better.

Take an example. One of the fastest growing businesses on the high street are the payday lenders, sometimes charging extortionate rates of interest. In hard times, it is no wonder people turn to them. But often they just engulf people in debts that they cannot pay. Interest rates of over 1000%.

Too many councils are finding that they don't have the real power to stand up for local people. But that is what politics is supposed to be about: standing up for those without power and giving power to them.

Currently if a bank branch closes down, there's nothing a council can do if a payday loan shop wants to move in and open up in the same place. Even if there's another lender next door. That can't be right.

– Labour leader Ed Miliband

Labour to give councils high street shops powers

Labour will give local communities more say over which shops appear on their high streets, Ed Miliband will pledge today at the launch of the party's local election campaign.

In a speech later today, Mr Miliband is expected to say that local councils will be given new powers to prevent certain shops such as payday lenders that "engulf" people in debt and bookmakers opening.

Ed Miliband will set out Labour proposals to change planning laws

The Labour leader will say: "Too many councils are finding that they don't have the real power to stand up for local people".

"Currently if a bank branch closes down, there's nothing a council can do if a payday loan shop wants to move in and open up in the same place. Even if there's another lender next door. That can't be right."

Local elections will take place on 2 May, in more than 200 local authorities in England and one in Wales.

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