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24 September 2013

The 5 key pledges from Ed Miliband’s speech to Labour conference

From an energy price freeze to after school clubs, the highlights of Ed Miliband's speech.

By New Statesman

1. A cut to business rates

“We would use the money that this government used to cut taxes for large businesses to cut business rates for 1.5m small businesses.”

2. Breakfast clubs in schools

“We want every school in Britain to have the breakfast clubs and childcare that we need.”

3. A freeze in energy bills

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“If we win the election 2015, the next Labour government will freeze gas and electricity prices until the start of 2017.”

4. An end to land banking

“We’ll say to private developers we can’t just sit on land: either use the land or lose the land . . . we’ll identify new towns and garden cities and we’ll have an aim that at the end of the parliament, Britain will be building 200,000 homes a year.”

5. An end to the bedroom tax

“David Cameron was the Prime Minister who introduced the bedroom tax. I’ll be the Prime Minister who repeals the bedroom tax.”

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