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28.09.11

Miliband calls for a new society

Ed Miliband has called for a new kind of society, where responsible people are properly rewarded. At the Labour party conference in Liverpool, he stated that: “I’m my own man, and I’m going to do things my own way.”

He voiced his determination to regain trust on the economy, and promised to fight to create a ‘new bargain in our economy so reward is linked with effort’. Miliband also criticised the Government for their speed on spending cuts and urged David Cameron to change course.

Miliband said: “Point to something deep in our country - the failure of a system, a way of doing things, an old set of rules. An economy and a society too often rewarding not the right people with the right values, but the wrong people with the wrong values. You can't trust the Tories with the NHS.

“If you want someone who will rip the old rules so that the country works for you, don't expect it from this prime minister. On the 50p tax rate, on the banks, on the closed circles of Britain, on welfare, on the NHS, he's not about a new set of rules. He's the last gasp of the old rules.”

Baroness Warsi, the Conservative Party chairman, described Mr Miliband as “a weak leader telling his party what it wanted to hear”. She said he had proposed no solutions to the “something for nothing culture that he helped Labour create”.

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