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Campbell Slams Labour's Failure on Child Poverty

Magazine article Public Finance

Campbell Slams Labour's Failure on Child Poverty

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Labour has failed on welfare reform and created worse child poverty than existed 50 years ago, new Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell told the conference.

In his first speech as leader, Campbell said: 'Labour's record on social justice is a sorry one. Over a million children live in slums in this country. One of the biggest scars on our society is child poverty. It is worse today than when I grew up in Glasgow.'

Campbell said it was his party's job to 'reshape our welfare system, to build a society secure against poverty, and create a system founded on opportunity and responsibility with incentives to work and to save'.

He told the party that it had to be clearer about what it meant when it argued for localism. Voters would remember previous Labour and Conservative attacks on local government and 'know that only Liberal Democrats are credible when we advocate the reduction of excessive Whitehall power', he said. …

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