My Vision for Britain
Byline: ED MILIBAND
IT is a great privilege to have been elected leader of the Labour Party. This is the party that founded the NHS in the 1940s, helped take Britain into the modern industrial age in the 1960s and, most recently, rebuilt our schools and hospitals after 18 years of Tory rule. At its best, Labour is the party of the working people of Britain and I am proud to lead it.
I will lead a strong team which draws on all the talents of my fellow candidates in this leadership election and people across our party. Having had our contest, now we need to be a team that takes on the ConDem government.
We need to start by learning lessons about ourselves. For all the good we did in government, we were not at our best often enough. By the end of our time in office, people felt we were out of touch and remote. We did not listen enough - on the economy, on immigration, on Iraq and our relationship with America. As the party of government, we could have done more to tackle MPs' expenses.
As Labour leader, I am determined to put that right. My commitment to you is that I will not let Labour lose touch again.
I will unite our party behind a new approach. A new approach to the economy which tackles the deficit a n d r e w a r d s r e s p o n s i b i l i t y throughout our society. A new approach that a ddresses the causes of people's concern about immigration by protecting workers' rights and making it easier for people to access housing. A new approach to foreign policy which is built on our values, not just our alliances. …