Bolton Labour party praise Ed Milliband's conference speech
THERE has been resounding support from the Bolton Labour group for leader Ed Milliband’s keynote speech at the party conference in Brighton.
Bolton West MP Julie Hilling, speaking directly after attending the leader’s address, said it was an “excellent speech” that showed that Mr Milliband “really understands the issues facing ordinary people”.
The party leader outlined a number of key policies to delegates including a pledge to build 200,000 houses every year until 2020, a freeze on energy prices until 2017 and a plan to lower the voting age to 16.
On the housing announcement, Ms Hilling said: “We have a housing crisis and we need to ensure that we have houses that people can afford.
“This policy will help the whole economy — when you build houses you help businesses selling things like carpets and curtains as well.”
Perhaps the biggest announcement from Mr Milliband was a commitment to freeze gas and electric prices until the start of 2017, with energy companies legally barred from raising household bills under a Labour government.
The leader received a rousing response when he said: “Let’s give the vote to 16 and 17 year olds and make them part of our democracy.” This is something Bolton Labour Cllr Nick Peel has been wanting for some time.
He said: “I totally agree with this — I feel that you can’t pay tax without having the vote.”
Bolton Labour party whip Cllr Martin Donaghy said: “We have more mature young people in this country — if we give them the vote we will not be disappointed.”
Cllr Peel added: “I think this was one of the best speeches I have heard from a Labour leader. It was relaxed, strong and I am confident Ed will make a first class Prime Minister.”
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