Ed Miliband promotes 'mansion tax' in ex-Huhne seat

Ed Miliband told by-election campaigners in Eastleigh of his 'mansion tax' and 10p tax rate plans.
Ed Miliband told by-election campaigners in Eastleigh of his 'mansion tax' and 10p tax rate plans. Credit: PA

Ed Miliband promoted his plans for a "mansion tax" and to introduce a 10p tax rate, during a visit to the hotly contested Eastleigh seat today.

The Labour Party leader hopes to woo the Hampshire borough - formerly represented by disgraced Liberal Democrat ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne - from the the Conservative party.

He said that Labour was in favour of reviving the 10p income tax rate - a move that could be paid for by a levy on £2 million-plus homes.

"This is a living standards by-election, that's the issue on the minds of so many people in Eastleigh - not being able to afford the weekly food bill, not being able to afford to fill up the car," Miliband said.

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Miliband promotes 'mansion tax'

Ed Miliband insisted that Labour was the "only alternative" to the coalition Government as he joined his by-election campaigners in Eastleigh.