LONDON2014 (AFP) – Britain’s opposition Labour party leader Ed Miliband is to lay out his battle plan for the May 2015 election on Tuesday in a bid to become the next prime minister.
In his keynote speech in the last annual party conference before the vote, Miliband will vow to restore faith in Britain, shaken by a Scottish referendum that rejected independence but forced a debate on a constitutional overhaul of the United Kingdom.
“Strip away all of the sound and fury and what people across England, Scotland and Wales, across every part of the UK, are saying is this country doesn’t care about me. Politics doesn’t listen. The economy doesn’t work,” Miliband will say.
“And they are not wrong. They are right. But this Labour Party has a plan to put it right.”
The speech will lay out six goals including raising the number of people buying their first homes each year, halving the number of low-paid workers and creating green technology jobs.
Press reports said that Miliband would also announce a tax on wealthy homeowners to fund Britain’s National Health Service.
Opinion polls of voting intentions indicate the Labour party enjoys a slight lead over the centre-right Conservatives led by Prime Minister David Cameron, although Miliband is unpopular with voters.
The party leader, who has promised to hike the minimum wage by 2020, will try to convince voters that left-leaning Labour can be trusted to run the world’s sixth largest economy, arguing that a strong economy can be created without big spending.