Labour to strip U-21s of benefits 'unless they learn key skills'

Unemployed youngsters should be stripped of state handouts unless they agree to training in vital skills, Ed Miliband is to say. He wants 18 to 21-year-olds to sign for a "youth allowance" on the condition they learn key skills.

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Ed Miliband would make a 'great Prime Minister'

Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves has backed Labour leader Ed Miliband following a series of negative polls, insisting he would make a "great Prime Minister".

Half of the public, including 43 per cent of Labour supporters, believe Mr Miliband should be replaced before the general election, according to an Ipsos MORI poll for the Evening Standard.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves has defended Ed Miliband following a series of negative polls. Credit: PA

"He is doing the right thing. In a year's time I think that Ed will be prime minister and I think he will be a great prime minister," Ms Reeves said.

Her comments come as the Labour leader is set to unveil a policy that 18 to 21-year-olds should agree to learn key skills if they want access to out-of-work benefits.

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