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Elections 2014: Ed Miliband writes for the Gloucester Citizen

By citizenmike  |  Posted: May 10, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband chats with Citizen reporter Mike Wilkinson

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With just two weeks to go until the Gloucester City Council and European Parliament elections on May 22, the Gloucester Citizen’s public affairs reporter Mike Wilkinson asked David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to explain why the people of Gloucester should back their party.


The record of this Government is simple: hardworking Britain is worse off month after month, year after year. Since David Cameron entered Downing Street working people

have seen their pay fall an average of £1,600 a year. This is a record that no other Government can match, and a record that Richard Graham has been part of at every step.

But these averages and statistics only provide a glimpse of what is really happening to families caught in the cross-hairs of the cost-of-living crisis. The link between the wealth of our nation and everyday family finances has been broken. This is visible in Gloucester, with rising demand for the local foodbank, over 600 young people in your city remaining unemployed and average wages being stretched to cover the cost of a two bedroom house.

We know this Government can’t deliver what is needed to ensure all hard working families in Gloucester feel the benefits of their efforts. And we know the Liberal Democrats

can’t be part of the solution because they are part of the problem.

In this election campaign Labour will show how we will make Britain better off by dealing with the cost-of-living crisis and building an economy that works for all hard-working people. Labour have made ten commitments that show what we will to make a difference by making work pay, stopping rip-off prices, and giving all our young people a chance.

Labour in Gloucester are standing in every ward, and working with Sophy Gardner your parliamentary candidate they are campaigning for measures that will make a real different to your pocket and to your city.

Elections are a moment when people have the chance to help to change their own community and our country. We have set out concrete steps for how we can make that change happen – by voting for Labour in Gloucester on May 22nd you can help us make hardworking Britain better off.

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  • RoadWombat  |  May 13 2014, 1:50AM

    Jeremy. One of your Liberal councillors, Sebastian Field, complained to the Citizen some weeks ago about a couple of broken bollards at Kingsholm which he thought posed a danger. As a councillor he has a large number of council employees at his disposal. Incredibly, rather than simply send a couple of them round with a truck and a wheelbarrow to clear them up (which would have taken one phone call), all he did was complain about it in the paper and "report it", at which point he was given the brush off by one of his own employees. He was given the challenge of getting what he himself described as a "safety issue" sorted out within two weeks and he failed. If your councillors don't even have the control over their own employees to remove a couple of pieces of broken concrete, why on earth should anyone vote for them?

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  • bdbear  |  May 12 2014, 4:42PM

    God I like a good laugh . This is the leader of a party who claimed NO MORE SLEAZE and then had the highest amount of MPs caught with there snouts in the trough. The NHS is safe with us , they put on so many targets the NHS could not manage . Remember the slogan we have beaten the boom and bust cycle there will be no more recession and then they led us in to the biggest one for 70 years . IMMIGRATION oh dont worry no one wants to come to this country from the new EU states . And now they want us to believe they can cure all this problems !!!!!!!!!!!!!. . Yes people are suffering ,why because we are broke and cannot afford to pay out if we do not have they money , caused by his party borrowing money in a boom when they should have been paying off government debts and saving money for a recession , the government cannot pay out what it has not got , all caused by his party . So everyone who has the misfortune to turn to a food bank because they do not get enough money you know who to blame yes LABOUR

  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  May 11 2014, 11:40PM

    The trouble is, Jeremy, that your Liberal Democrat team operates a Party Whip system. We have seen you voting 'en bloc' in the Council Chamber, usually with the Conservatives. Still don't worry, you will probably win in Kingsholm & Wotton again despite your Party's low poll rating.

  • JeremyBadger  |  May 11 2014, 10:10PM

    If you want a party that will work hard for you, that is brave enough to stand up to UKIP and will deliver both a stronger economy and fairer society, vote for your local Liberal Democrat team on May 22.

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  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  May 10 2014, 2:08PM

    @nickthompson Vote UKIP - get UKIP. Vote Anything Else - get Brussels!

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  • RoadWombat  |  May 10 2014, 1:58PM

    Okay - let's give Mike (Wilkinson) the benefit of the doubt. He now has the means to get his story, so let's go from there. In line with my previous post, hopefully he'll also be contacting the Greens, even though I'd never vote for them.

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  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  May 10 2014, 12:26PM

    Mike Wilkinson has replied "The answer to your query is simple. After repeated calls to the UKIP head office without anyone answering the phone I gave up on trying. I appreciate the lines may be busy but if the office cannot pick up the phone and you cannot leave a message, there is only so much I can do. Best regards Mike Wilkinson" I find this surprising as every time I have had occasion to ring UKIP Head Office there is a prompt reply or an answerphone. I wonder which number he has been trying. I have now informed the Citizen of UKIP's Press Office number. So we shall see!

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  • RoadWombat  |  May 10 2014, 11:58AM

    Don't worry, Mike (Smith), I think most UKIP voters are used to it. I'd feel just the same way if one of the other three parties were ignored on the principle that "I may not agree with what you say but I'll defend to the death your right to say it". Pity some other parties (and this newspaper, it appears) don't think the same way.

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  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  May 10 2014, 11:43AM

    In fairness, I post Jenny's reply to my letter, although I must point out that Nigel Farage is not included in the introduction to Mike Wilkinson's articles, either on Ed Milliband or David Cameron yesterday. " I can assure you, Mike has been thoroughly impartial throughout this election campaign running very fair coverage regarding the local and euro elections. And as you say, there is time yet for coverage. Rest assured we will get around everyone. Mike is away this week so my news desk will handle sorting something from Mr Farage. I see you have copied him into this email, but we will also contact Ukip head office ASAP on Monday to sort something for this week.

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  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  May 10 2014, 10:47AM

    Dear Mike, I notice that you have interviewed and are giving half page coverage to three of the main Party leaders ahead of the European and District Council elections. Why are you not giving the same coverage to all four Party leaders? You appear to be leaving out the leader of the Party that is leading in all polls for the European elections and is well ahead of one of the three that you are featuring in all other polls, namely Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP. This is hardly fair and unbiased reporting as one would expect from a newspaper. Does this not reinforce the widely held impression that you are biased against the UK Independence Party. You have time to correct this impression. Please do so. Yours sincerely, Mike Smith Chairman, Gloucester Branch, UKIP

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