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UKIP cannot serve the interests of working people, Labour leader Ed Miliband claims

20:12 01 May 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband

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Labour leader Ed Miliband has tried to thwart UKIP’s attempts to grab working class votes by claiming the anti-EU party cannot not serve their interests.

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During a visit to the region Mr Miliband played up his party’s chances in the European elections in the East this month, adding that he had real confidence about his message.

Launching his campaign with a promise to curb excessive rent increases and impose three year contracts on landlords in a bid to help “generation rent”, he described the costs for tenants as a huge issue across the whole region.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has made a play for the working class vote and is said to be taking votes from Labour as well as the Tories as he surges ahead in the polls for the European elections on May 22.

But Mr Miliband said: “Look UKIP, the Tories, the Liberal Democrats, let them worry about their own stuff, we are going to talk about the positive case. I don’t believe that UKIP can serve working people when they are a party that says they are going to charge people for GP access. I don’t think that is a party for people. Labour would never do that. We have got our own positive case. People can make their own mind up about the other parties.”

But UKIP’s Patrick O’Flynn, the party’s top MEP candidate for the East, said: “UKIP support an NHS that is free at the point of need. The only senior politician I have heard recently pushing the idea of paying fees for NHS care is Labour’s former health minister Lord Warner. In addition, during 13 years in government Labour forgot that NHS stands for ‘national’ health service by turning it into the world’s health service, allowing health tourists who had never paid a penny into the pot to plunder its precious resources. Labour has nothing new to say.”

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30 comments

  • Quite Agree Bob. Amazing the support here for UKIP. Finally we are voting for common sense. Something we have not had for years.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • UKIP is a 100% committed to keeping the NHS but it has to be reformed and that may include using private companies but within the NHS. The NHS has always used private companies. Many people are not aware for example that GP's are not NHS employees but are contractors to the NHS The NHS is under pressure as is it's budget. We need to ensure we get best value for it. That may mean bringing in charges for people who fail to turn up for appointments. It may mean ensuring that only those entitled to use the NHS for free get to use it for free

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    BobE

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Hopefully UKIP will also ban people filling up online sites like this with pathetic limericks, especially those using the rhyme-scheme AABBA!

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • I wonder if UKIP has a policy to improve the quality of comments posted below online newspaper articles? It's about time someone put a stop to people filling up sites like this with their barely literate bile.

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    bigger niche

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • A limerick uses the rhyme-scheme AABBA: There was an old poet called Burls | Whose work gave readers' toes curls | His politics are dodgy | And his thinking quite stodgy | In all, a swine without pearls

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    bigger niche

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Well said @gabi, @Supervova6 and @Waspie. Everyone I know is planning to vote UKIP and that includes ex Tories and ex Labour (fortunately I don't know any LibDims) apart from one friend who's planning to vote for Liebour..... but he's always been a bit weird!

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    Norfolk and Good

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Labour and the conservatives have had there chance we need change we need to regain control of are own country and lock the doors enough is enough and only ukip are prepared to do this.

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    gabi

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • supernova6 here here well said

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    saxon

    Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • The day that repulsive EU flag is taken down from our town hall will be a day of true celebration for all English men and women.

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    Supernova6

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • No Ed Labour cannot serve the interests of working class people with leaders such as Nobbs, Castle and Sands. They have shown they cannot be trusted at all things could have been so different if souls had not been sold, once in power, to ensure Co.ry Whe.elabrator were helped in every possible way to build the incinerator.

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    Canary Boy

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Uncontrolled immigration, undercutting wages, pressure on hiusing,pressure on GP surgeries, nice to get an appointment with own GP, without booking so far ahead. The N.H.S. a magnet for health tourists and it has strayed from it's core values, into things like boob jobs for a wannabe model as in press recently. The 3 main parties haven't listened, They wouldn't be taking our fears seriousl if it wasn't for U. K.I.P.

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    waspie

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • There once a fellow called Farage Who walked right into a barrage Of critique from Millie, And Clegg being silly, And Cameron waffling away. But he said with a grin, beating that lot's no sin, Vote for me 'cause they've all had their day..

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Perhaps Mr O'Flynn needs to do a google search of 'UKIP charge NHS'. You'll see the articles Mr Farage has been tweeting and endorsing which support charges.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • quite right d west lynn, the british public want there border controls back and out of europe, we want to control are own destiny. boy david and milly just don't get it and cleggs opinion is totally immaterial

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    saxon

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Sick of Knesset puppeteers and the apologists of Marx, good luck to UKIP.

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    John Bridge

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Isn't it funny how people who have been deceived, strung along and cheated for all their lives will fall for a bunch of crooks whose promises are an even bigger pack of lies? There really is one born every minute.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • This issue, Ed came here for his announcement on housing, shows us how scared the party politcs of old have become of this second rate contender, they believe that working class votes are their votes, whilst the Tories think that anybody running a business is a Tory by heart. Fact is that this sort of thinking has brought us to a political landscape that is unpopular, it is astounding how much media time unpopular politicians get when compared with other unpopular people or interests. Whatever happens at the EU election, and I shall not vote for the first time ever, will be earned and deserved.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • i would not vote for any person who stabs his brother in the back then sells his soul to the unions,no lets have a change in the way we are now ruled by the EEC ,as for the conservatives what did they promise before the last election that they have not carried out,i have voted all my life for the cons, but this time its UKIP

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    pandy

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Doesn't matter if its labour,con's or liberal's they are all copying each other with no new ideas, this country is desperate for change and ukip has the guts to voice what the general public thinks, watch this space.

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    gerry mitson

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Can't understand why anyone would want to vote for a party that makes working families pay more tax while the rich pay less, would cut holiday and maternity pay, and want to make it easier for your boss to sack you. If only working families understood that.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Tory ,Lab and Lib all need to stop bickering and face facts .They have for years had their chances to prove their worth and have failed miserably . I have yet to speak to someone who is not voting Ukip. Get over yourselves! slandering Ukip only makes you look even more desperate.

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    Geoff S

    Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Uncontrolled immigration cannot serve the interests of working people.anymore than the infrastructure of this Country can cope with it.Tories and Labour are running scared which is why they are focusing their attentions on UKIP.

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    irongloves

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • The EU is dead. Even France wants out, The cartel is worried. Thats why we are getting lie after lie from them.

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    sharky

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Shouldn't the likes of Labour and the Conservatives be addressing the reasons people are choosing to turn to UKIP instead of spouting not to vote for them?

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    d, west lynn

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • it says everything you need to know about ukip when they put up seven men in suits as candidates

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    Double Bill

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • David Cameron isn't the heir to Thatcher, it's Mr Farage. Make what you will of that.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • The media, the BBC, and now the EDP, all trying to be biased on something they cant do anything about. People are fed up with the ConLibLab cartel. Thats why UKIP membership is growing by over thousand a day. Get use to it.

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    sharky

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • The deputy leader of Ukip has stated "the very existence of the NHS stifles competition".They are even more Thatcherite than Thatcher.You never could trust the Tories with the NHS and now Ukip too.The older voters thinking about voting Ukip should think on this as the NHS means so much to our senior citizens.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • I was absolutely amazed and horrified when I saw yesterday's European election poll forecast with support for UKIP at 38%, Labour at 22% and Conservatives 18%. I really can't believe this is true. Would 22% of the population really be gullible enough to vote for Labour after their recent efforts at ruining the country? Even more so now they're led by Milligoon!

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Of course Ed is quite right, but neither can his light blue Labour mob since they were dismantled by the likes of Blair. Just who can you vote for?

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    John L Norton

    Thursday, May 1, 2014

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