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.
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