Tories out of touch, says Miliband

South Wales Argus: Ed Miliband will tell Unite's national conference that the Tories are not listening to the 'working people of this country' Ed Miliband will tell Unite's national conference that the Tories are not listening to the 'working people of this country'

The Conservatives are out of touch because they are listening to those with power and influence and not working people, Labour's leader will say.

Ed Miliband will tell the national conference of the Unite union there was "no place at the table" for decent hard-working families. He will contrast the way Labour and trade unions are reconnecting with people in workplaces and communities, with the "out of touch" coalition Government.

"Why are the Tories so out of touch? Because they are listening to the wrong people. They are listening to those who already have power and influence and not to the working people of this country.

"They have cosy kitchen suppers for the privileged. Cosy country suppers for the powerful, but there is no place at the table for decent hard-working families."

Mr Miliband will attack the Government for "doing nothing" to help hundreds of workers at the Coryton oil refinery in Essex set to lose their jobs because of the site's closure.

"Turning away where governments in other countries would have stepped in. Six hundred jobs gone because the Government didn't listen to working people, because it wouldn't even ask the European Commission whether there was something it could do, because this Government thinks the role of government is to sit back and do as little as possible."

Mr Miliband will tell the Brighton conference that unions have a "vital role" to help Britain to rebuild, citing how Unite worked to safeguard the future of Vauxhall's factory in Ellesmere Port.

The Labour leader will urge trade unions to help Labour fight abuses of minimum wage laws, saying that too many people were still not paid the statutory rate. "Only seven companies have ever been prosecuted for not paying it. Is there anyone here who believes that only seven have broken the law?

"As we campaign for better wages for hard-working people, we need also to think about our labour market. About how it has become possible for some to be paid so poorly. Some recruitment agencies in this country specialise in employing migrant labour from Eastern Europe and effectively close their books to workers from Britain, so that they can bring in workers who are unorganised and unprotected. I want us to come together to fight exploitation and discrimination - of local workers as much as migrant workers - so we get decent labour standards in this country."

Labour came under attack from delegates earlier this week when the party was accused of losing touch with its core supporters. Unite leader Len McCluskey said there was a lot of "frustration and anger" over the previous Labour governments, especially over the refusal to repeal "anti union" laws.

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6:39am Thu 28 Jun 12

Brer fox says...

So Mr Milliband you were so "in touch" that you gave tax breaks to middle earners at the expense of the poorest workers.You expanded your client state of the unemployed by increasing benefits and you paid for that by not increasing personal allowances,thus hammering the lowest paid.You encouraged PFI and you bailed out the banks and so bankrupted this country.And you sit there pandering to corrupt unionism and YOU tell US that the tories are out of touch.

There is so much more I could say Mr Milliband.But this will do: We will remember and we will not let you back.
So Mr Milliband you were so "in touch" that you gave tax breaks to middle earners at the expense of the poorest workers.You expanded your client state of the unemployed by increasing benefits and you paid for that by not increasing personal allowances,thus hammering the lowest paid.You encouraged PFI and you bailed out the banks and so bankrupted this country.And you sit there pandering to corrupt unionism and YOU tell US that the tories are out of touch. There is so much more I could say Mr Milliband.But this will do: We will remember and we will not let you back. Brer fox
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6:40am Thu 28 Jun 12

Brer fox says...

So Mr Milliband you were so "in touch" that you gave tax breaks to middle earners at the expense of the poorest workers.You expanded your client state of the unemployed by increasing benefits and you paid for that by not increasing personal allowances,thus hammering the lowest paid.You encouraged PFI and you bailed out the banks and so bankrupted this country.And you sit there pandering to corrupt unionism and YOU tell US that the tories are out of touch.

There is so much more I could say Mr Milliband.But this will do: We will remember and we will not let you back.
So Mr Milliband you were so "in touch" that you gave tax breaks to middle earners at the expense of the poorest workers.You expanded your client state of the unemployed by increasing benefits and you paid for that by not increasing personal allowances,thus hammering the lowest paid.You encouraged PFI and you bailed out the banks and so bankrupted this country.And you sit there pandering to corrupt unionism and YOU tell US that the tories are out of touch. There is so much more I could say Mr Milliband.But this will do: We will remember and we will not let you back. Brer fox
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7:53am Thu 28 Jun 12

ponderman says...

None of the major parties give a toss about the British working class. Vote BNP if you want jobs or a decent amount of wages and effective benifit cuts
None of the major parties give a toss about the British working class. Vote BNP if you want jobs or a decent amount of wages and effective benifit cuts ponderman
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7:55am Thu 28 Jun 12

Brer fox says...

Bnp? hahaha
Bnp? hahaha Brer fox
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11:10am Thu 28 Jun 12

newscritic says...

Fair enough Ed - but your policies to help working class people are?

Or are you just as out of touch?
Fair enough Ed - but your policies to help working class people are? Or are you just as out of touch? newscritic
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