Labour sees off austerity block bid

Labour leader Ed Miliband sought to reassure voters

Labour leader Ed Miliband sought to reassure voters "big spending is not the answer"

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The Labour leadership has seen off a grassroots attempt to reject austerity measures if Ed Miliband wins the 2015 election.

The party's National Policy Forum (NPF) was forced to vote on whether to commit to the plan set out by Mr Miliband and Ed Balls of sticking with the Government's spending plans for 2015/16.

An amendment calling for an emergency budget and the rejection of the 2015/16 spending plans was defeated by 125 votes to 14, with six abstentions, at the gathering of Labour delegates in Milton Keynes.

After the result, shadow chancellor Mr Balls said: "The National Policy Forum has this weekend agreed a policy programme that is radical and credible and based on big reform, not big spending.

"The Labour Party knows that this Conservative-led Government's failure to balance the books in this Parliament means we will have to make difficult decisions after the next election.

"Party members have endorsed the tough fiscal position Ed Miliband and I have set out. We will match the Government's overall day-to-day spending totals for 2015/16.

"And we will balance the books, deliver a surplus on the current budget and get the national debt falling as soon as possible in the next Parliament.

"But we will get the deficit down more fairly by reforming our economy for the long-term and reversing David Cameron's top rate tax cut for the top 1% of earners."

Party leader Ed Miliband told the gathering yesterday that Labour's "new settlement" meant "not seeing big spending as the answer".

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7:26pm Sun 20 Jul 14

roofspace says...

New Labour - Cementing their position as the Left Wing of the Tory Party.
New Labour - Cementing their position as the Left Wing of the Tory Party. roofspace
  • Score: 6

11:55pm Sun 20 Jul 14

gumbley says...

roofspace wrote:
New Labour - Cementing their position as the Left Wing of the Tory Party.
Hardly left wing! It seems to me that Labour is now seeking to appear "just slightly nicer than the Tories! Having basically agreed to accept the Tory spending plans, should they win the 2015 general election, they seem to be admitting that the Tories were right about austerity and the attacks they have made on working class people and their Trades Unions! Socialism has finally been abandoned by Labour! Time for a new Socialist Party to come to the fore! Left Unity worth looking at!
[quote][p][bold]roofspace[/bold] wrote: New Labour - Cementing their position as the Left Wing of the Tory Party.[/p][/quote]Hardly left wing! It seems to me that Labour is now seeking to appear "just slightly nicer than the Tories! Having basically agreed to accept the Tory spending plans, should they win the 2015 general election, they seem to be admitting that the Tories were right about austerity and the attacks they have made on working class people and their Trades Unions! Socialism has finally been abandoned by Labour! Time for a new Socialist Party to come to the fore! Left Unity worth looking at! gumbley
  • Score: 1

12:00am Mon 21 Jul 14

mixxer says...

roofspace wrote:
New Labour - Cementing their position as the Left Wing of the Tory Party.
Too true. If you're Right Wing vote Tory, if you're Left Wing don't bother voting at all as there is no one to represent you.
[quote][p][bold]roofspace[/bold] wrote: New Labour - Cementing their position as the Left Wing of the Tory Party.[/p][/quote]Too true. If you're Right Wing vote Tory, if you're Left Wing don't bother voting at all as there is no one to represent you. mixxer
  • Score: 2

2:03pm Mon 21 Jul 14

welshmen says...

This simpleton although not in power has managed to keep the Gas & Electric bills at a high, thank's to his stupid announcement that this useless not fit for purpose leader of the Marxist Labour Party, that he (God forbid) when in power will freeze Gas and Electric prices, that was a green light for the foreign owned utilities companies to keep ripping our Nation off....anyone thinking of voting for this party really need to seek help from the men in white coats....UKIP will get our Country back under our Control not leave it with Th Federal States of Europe and their Dictatorship....
This simpleton although not in power has managed to keep the Gas & Electric bills at a high, thank's to his stupid announcement that this useless not fit for purpose leader of the Marxist Labour Party, that he (God forbid) when in power will freeze Gas and Electric prices, that was a green light for the foreign owned utilities companies to keep ripping our Nation off....anyone thinking of voting for this party really need to seek help from the men in white coats....UKIP will get our Country back under our Control not leave it with Th Federal States of Europe and their Dictatorship.... welshmen
  • Score: 0
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