Ed Miliband’s 10 Biggest Successes as Labour Leader, at a glance – LabourLeft

Undoubtedly this repost will lead to more complaints – especially on the Vox Political Facebook page – that this is nothing but a Labour propaganda page. Strangely, the people who write so urgently on the subject never complain about the amount of flak Ed Miliband has suffered from the Tory-funding right-wing propaganda sheets in the mainstream media.

Thanks to Sean at LabourLeft for this neat summary


1.      Ed made the “cost of living crisis” the central issue in British politics, and the central economic challenge to reform our economy to ensure that prosperity is shared by the broad majority and not just the few at the top. Your pay packet has suffered its most sustained real terms fall in 159 years.

2.      Ed stood up to Rupert Murdoch over phone hacking and blocked Murdoch’s attempt to concentrate media ownership further when he tried to buy 100% of BskyB. Remember just how close the Tory Party and previous Labour leaders were to Murdoch.

3.      Ed stopped David Cameron’s rush to war in Syria in 2013. Ed has also apologised for the Iraq war.

4.      Ed has promised to tackle the scandal of low pay and economic insecurity for millions by calling for the end of zero hours contracts, a sharp increase in the minimum wage & support for companies paying the living wage. Ed will give every worker the right to demand fixed hours.

5.      Ed has pledged to protect your public National Health Service, free at the point of delivery, and repeal the government’s vicious Health & Social Care Act. Ed will repeal every section of the NHS Act. Ed will also scrap the Bedroom Tax

6.      He publicly challenged the Daily Mail over their outrageous attack on his father, who fought for Britain at D-Day, for being “the man who hated Britain”. Much of the smears against Ed today are a direct consequence of this stand he took.

7.      He was the first party leader to call on Britain’s banks, whether publicly bailed out or not, to contain their pay and bonus awards. Ed has vowed to break up the banks and put workers on the boards.

8.      He believes those with more should pay more tax as part of a fair and sustainable recovery, and has pledged to restore the top rate of tax to 50p on those earning over £150,000, as well as putting in place a Mansion Tax on homes worth over £2m to add £12.5bn of funding our NHS.

9.      He stood up to the companies running our broken energy market, pledging to reset the market, close down Ofgem, and freeze prices for 500 days from day 1 of a Labour Government to protect you.

10.   Ed wants the UK to remain in the European Union and has stood up to pressure to take Britain to the exit door. No other mainstream leader can guarantee Britain’s continued membership of the EU.

Ed also champions Human Rights, equality, and has strongly opposed leaving the ECHR. A good indication of a government’s intentions is reflected in whether or not that government values and observes fundamental Human Rights. Labour gave us the Human Rights Act, and the Equality Act, the Tories want to repeal both. And withdraw from the ECHR.

That’s a very fundamental difference between the parties.

For me, this is probably a key election issue, because without human rights there is no framework for any semblance of social justice or democracy.

Thanks to kittysjones for finding this article and bringing it to our attention. That’s right, folks – somebody else wrote it. If you want to complain about it, complain to them.

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10 thoughts on “Ed Miliband’s 10 Biggest Successes as Labour Leader, at a glance – LabourLeft

  1. joanna may

    We also need full legal aid back and all the private companies fired and thrown out of the UK, for those that are of UK origin, need to be disbanded and the managers charged with crimes against humanity!!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I have an answer for you on the subject of legal aid, as I was just responding to Guy Ropes on the very same issue: Labour does intend to take action to counter the current government’s changes to the legal system, but has been unable to formulate policy because the Cameron government denied necessary access to relevant civil servants until this month (November). Further details are available here: http://thejusticegap.com/2014/09/legal-aid-labour-pushing-manifesto-hope/

      1. joanna may

        Thank you Mike! Most of all thank you for your blog, it has taught me such a lot that, I wouldn’t have learnt otherwise, and in my voluntary role as a teaching assistant for adults (who have also fallen foul of this current inhuman system) I have been able to pass on what I have learnt. So you have helped many more people than you will ever know. My hat off to you and I hope Mrs. Mike is as well as can be expected and more!

      2. joanna may

        Also Mike I do hope that people realise that putting all the damage right will take a lot of time and money, as we are quite an impatient society and want everything yesterday.

    1. Mr.Angry

      Here Here joanna could not agree more, but won’t all the files be shredded along with MP’s expenses.

      1. joanna may

        What about computers? even if they try to delete the information, nothing is forever deleted, for example I deleted a video on my pc, I even emptied the recycle bin and my friend who is an IT engineer retrieved it for me.

        Besides that, there is, I think Callum’s list? if anyone from the government questions any one of those names, then it is up to them to provide proof.

  2. Hector James Haddow

    Here’s a quote form the smear article:
    “Ralph’s Marxism was uncompromising. ‘We want this party to state that it stands unequivocally behind the social ownership and control of the means of production, distribution and exchange,’ he told the 1955 Labour conference, as the delegate from Hampstead. ‘We are a socialist party engaged on a great adventure.'”

    That’s not hating Britain that shows strong British values.
    By the Mail’s logic thatcher the woman who despised everything British and destroyed everything this country stood for “loved Britain”.

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