Ed Miliband visited Ipswich today in support of Labour candidate, David Ellesmere in his "battle bus" emblazoned with "A better plan. A better future." And he was quick to set out the difference a Labour government will make.
If I’m Prime Minister in two weeks, this part of the world will get its proper priority.
“I know there are huge issues here around transport and schools are a big concern – and obviously the NHS.
“And there’s also the big issue of this election around getting the economy right for working people again. Do we have an economy working for working people or do we have an economy working for the richest and most powerful people?
“I actually think that the workers we find on the doorstep just don’t think the economy is focussed. The economy might be working in the City of London but it hasn’t reached out of that and that is what has got to change.”
Ed, accompanied by Ipswich Parliamentary Candidate, David Ellesmere met local Labour Party supporters, students and staff at University Campus Suffolk, stopping off in the Student Union run Theta Café for coffee, chats and photos, before giving interviews to the local and regional press.
Ed also gave a clear commitment to build 200,000 new homes a year, and to provide extra security of tenure to people in private sector rental accommodation. A commitment which will be very welcome to Ipswich residents living on 6 month assured shorthold tenancies on expensive rents, or struggling to find an affordable home to buy or rent.
Later, in an interview with ITV News, Ed made an impassioned case for why he is the best person to lead our country:
"Judge me on what I've done as leader of the opposition and what I'm proposing for the country.
If you want somebody who will win the photo opportunity, I'm not trying to do that.
If you want somebody who will stand up for big ideas, to change the country, then that's what I offer in this election."