Ed Miliband today unveiled the Labour party manifesto, stating that Britain succeeds when it invests in services such as schools “so they can strive to be the best in the world”. The Labour leader set out his party’s pledges in a speech in Manchester, promising to spend money on education while also reducing the country’s deficit every year over the next five years.
With just 23 days to go until the general election, Labour is the first of the main political parties to reveal its manifesto. Last month, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warned that each party’s commitments to education spending would result in cuts of up to 12 per cent, adding that they were “much less generous” than was being suggested. Speaking this morning, Mr Miliband described Labour’s manifesto as one that would create a Britain that “works for working people”. He also underlined his commitment to improving childcare provision by pledging to create a National Primary Childcare Service that would guarantee childcare in breakfast or after-school clubs from 8am-6pm. The Labour leader said: “Today we tear up the old assumptions. Britain succeeds not when we only reward those with the six-figure bonuses but when we reward the hard work of every working person in our country. Britain succeeds not when our schools and hospitals are cut back to the bone but where we invest so they can strive to be the best in the world. “Britain succeeds not with communities that are fraying at the edges, but when we have communities where people share a common life. Britain succeeds not when those who have the access and the wealth have all the power, but when everyone's voice is heard. “And Britain succeeds not when we turn in on ourselves but when we are strong and confident and look outward to the world. That is the kind of country we are, that's how Britain can do better than this.” Last week, the party set out its education manifesto which promised to give every young person face-to-face careers guidance by a fully-trained adviser. The party will also end the free schools programme, ensure that all teachers become qualified and introduce new directors of school standards to oversee the quality of education in the country’s schools.