Ed Miliband has said that Britain's productivity gap with fellow G7 countries is Labour's "biggest economic challenge" as he launched his party's business manifesto in London today.
Productivity is the key to the country we want to be.
He said that for every hour worked, the UK produces nearly 20% less than its G7 competitors and is "losing its competitive edge in a world that won't wait".
Labour's plans to close the UK's 'productivity gap' include:
- Securing public finances by "balancing the books and cutting the deficit every year"
- Creating a surplus on the current budget and have the national debt falling
- Starting a "revolution in vocational education"
- Maths and English until the age of 18
- Greater access to finance for small firms
- Working "with our banks to ensure they work for our businesses"
ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kachroo has been with Nigel Farage as the Ukip leader plans his strategy for the ITV Leaders' Debate on Thursday.
It was, in some ways, a unique election launch, but how it will end is anyone's guess.
And we’re off! All aboard the big-blue-battle-bus, union flag fluttering and a typically dry election slogan stretching across the side.