This week saw the leader of the Labour party Ed Miliband come to Ipswich to launch the local election and to high light the different choices that Labour would make to the Government.
I was lucky enough to be in attendance and as I arrived I could not help and smile at the choice of venue the Co-op education centre which is next to local Tory MP Ben Gummers consistency office.
Mr Milliband gave a very strong and passionate speech he highlighted how the Government had failed and how we are facing Low growth,falling living standards and rising borrowing,and how we need as we always have that to succeed we need to unite not divide our country.
Mr Milliband spoke about how we need a recovery made by many not just a few at the top and how this idea that the wealth trickles down is simply not true how the real wealth of Britain comes from the forgotten wealth creators, how it comes from those who put in the hours and do the shifts. Those who open their shops early in the morning. Those who get to the office or factory when George Osborne’s curtains are still closed and come back home after he has closed them for the night.
The speech flowed with confidence and touched on many issues that effect the people of Ipswich. It was also a chance to highlight Labours Action Card which is launched alongside the campaign.
The Action Card shows five ways Labour would be making different choices to the government
•Bring back a 10p rate of tax,paid for by a mansion tax on properties worth over £2 million
•Cancel the millionaires tax cut and the raid on tax credits for working families
•End rip-off rail fares by capping fare increases on every route
•Force the energy firms to cut gas and electric bills for four million over-75s
•Give local communities new powers to limit payday lenders on their high streets
On the last point Mr Mililband was joined by Hillary Benn MP and they discussed the importance of local councils being able to have control over payday lenders opening up on high streets
There then came again an opportunity for the audience to ask question,some came from the press both national and local but the best questions came from members of the public,a deputy head teacher and also a young mother who works in education asking about the future of education and the effect of free schools,a young man with one lung and both hearing and visually impaired and a labour county council candidate asking about the effect of welfare changes on the disabled and former PCC candidate Jane Basham asking a very good question on access to justice after the devastating cuts to legal aid.
Speaking to people afterwards they were impressed with how Mr Milliband answered the questions and how he came across. We then headed though town as Mr Milliband walked from Fore Street to Giles Circus meeting residents and answering questions as he went,He displayed a charm and ease with members of the public that lots of people commented on and I think he changed a lot of perceptions.