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March 25, 2015

Transcript of Ed’s interview about VAT and National Insurance on Sky News

I don’t think anybody is going to believe a word David Cameron said. This was the Prime Minister who in 2010 said he would not raise VAT and straight after the election he raised it from 17.5% to 20%. [...]

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March 24, 2015

My speech on Labour’s VAT pledge

Across this city people have been hit hard by the cost-of-living crisis and the rise in VAT. Here in Birmingham, and across the country, people are not feeling the recovery. And while the current falls in global oil prices have led to temporarily very low inflation, wages remain stagnant and [...]

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March 20, 2015

The NHS can’t afford the Tory cuts plan – Ed and Andy Burnham launch Labour’s first election poster

Speaking at the launch of Labour's first election poster Ed said: “George Osborne's Budget set out plans for deeper and more extreme spending cuts after the election. [...]

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March 19, 2015

Ed’s response to the IFS Post-Budget briefing

“This is a damning verdict on George Osborne's Budget. The IFS says the Chancellor's Budget plans involve annual spending cuts after the election which are twice as deep as anything we've seen in the last five years. [...]

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March 25, 2015

Something worrying is happening with the NHS in our area

My Morley Observer Column - Readers will know I regularly ask local people for their views and experiences on the big issues. And in the last year or so the issues we’ve discussed have ranged from the cost of living and opportunities for young people to immigration. [...]

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March 16, 2015

Google’s first Digital Garage in Leeds Dock

Launching Google's First Digital Garage here in Leeds

It’s really important small businesses here in West Yorkshire can compete in the digital age. Already in Morley we have free WiFi for local businesses – thanks to O2. So it is fantastic to see a project like The Digital Garage from Google bringing digital skills to small businesses across [...]

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March 11, 2015

Official opening of Morley Newlands – video

Morley Newlands welcomed pupils and staff into its fantastic new building last September but the official opening finally took place on Friday with the whole school in attendance in their amazing new school hall. And what a fabulous celebration it was. Watch my video after the opening ceremony here: [...]

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