Labour leader speaks to county firms

The leader of the opposition visited the headquarters of telecommunication firm Daisy Group to take questions from around 60 guests of business networking and lobbying group Downtown Lancashire in Business.

Mr Miliband underlined the need to get the UK’s economy back on track, suggesting measures such as cutting VAT and taxing bankers’ bonuses. An agenda for growth was vital, he said, as was the need to find a solution to the economic problems associated with the Euro Zone. Both Mr Milliband and Gordon Mrasden MP, Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills and Regional Growth, Gordon Marsden MP, expressed a need to cut red tape in order to allow businesses to access regular Government funding.
The Labour leader also gave support to initiatives to provide young people with an alternative education route other than university and questioned the Coalition’s plans for employment law reforms. He asked that voters judge Labour on its plans for the future, rather than events of the past.

Frank McKenna of Downtown in Business, said: “We are very grateful to Mr Miliband for allowing our members to ask questions of him first hand and for taking the time to provide detailed answers. The event was very informative and we have had fantastic feedback.”