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One of the important debates looked at Britain’s


cost of living crisis, a major issue which the Government are completely out of touch with, as well as failing to turn things around for Britain’s hard working families. David Cameron says the economy is fixed but for


ordinary people things are getting harder, not easier, with prices rising faster than wages. Wages are down an average of £1,500 a year since


he became Prime Minister. Meanwhile, prices have risen faster in the UK than


in any other major economy and under the Tories we have had the slowest recovery for 100 years, with almost one million young people now out of work. The Prime Minister is out of touch with the difficul-


ties faced by ordinary families who feel he only stands up for the wealthiest. By making hard working families pay more than their share to bring down the deficit, while cutting taxes for an elite few at the top, he is showing whose side he is really on. I think most people are crying out for real change. Of


course I welcome the recent upturn in growth, as any growth, after three years of stagnation, is good news. But Britain needs a strong recovery and a plan for a


more balanced economy which boosts the living standards of the many not just the few at the top.


Last week I spoke out against David Cameron’s lobbying Bill – or, as many people are calling it, the ‘Gagging Bill’, as it could stop charities and campaigners speaking out on issues that matter to all of us. David Cameron promised to fix our broken politics,


but this Bill makes things worse not better. It says all you need to know about who the Government stands up for. Only this Government could introduce a lobbying Bill


that wouldn’t stop arch-lobbyist Lynton Crosby, who also happens to be one Cameron’s closest advisors, setting the Government's tobacco policy, but could stop an organisa- tion like Cancer Research UK or the British Medical Associ- ation from campaigning about it. If you want to speak out against the Bill and for a


better cleaner politics click here and sign Labour’s petition: http://action.labour.org.uk/page/m/6e8af1e1/52fe97f6/6 e43d18b/298ff44/2319773683/VEsH/


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