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MILIBAND SETS OUT THE REAL CHOICE FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS AND A CHALLENGE FOR THE LABOUR PARTY

Ed Miliband will today (Thurs) launch the final week of the campaign with remarks setting out the real choice in the General Election: putting working families first with Labour or working families at risk with the Tories.

At the same time, Labour will reveal activists and volunteers have now passed the four million mark for doorstep conversations with the people of Britain since January 1, an unprecedented figure for any political party.   

Mr Miliband will challenge his party to have one million more conversations before polling day.  

He is expected to say:  

“There are just seven days to go before you get the chance to change how our country is run. 

“Seven days to take your chance to make Britain run for working people once again. 

“Seven days to put your family first. 

“It is a chance you don’t often get. 

“A chance that only comes every five years. 

“And this is the closest General Election anyone can remember. 

“We are campaigning in the right way, not talking over people’s heads, but speaking direct - in every town, street-by-street, door-by-door – with an unprecedented four million conversations since the start of this year. 

“And today I’m challenging my party to do one million more in the next seven days to get us to five million.  

“Because this election is not, at heart, about any one party or any one politician. 

“It is about you. Your vote matters. This is your time. 

“We’ve heard a lot from David Cameron in the last five weeks. 

“Five weeks of him making false promises, dangerous, unfunded commitments dreamt up overnight with no idea of where the money is coming from and a plan to pay for the NHS with an IOU. 

“Five weeks of the Tories boasting about the good life while planning hard times ahead with the biggest cuts anywhere in the world, cuts that will hit your family budget and our vital public services. 

“Five weeks of the road to more broken promises and failure, with him saying he will keep taxes down when the truth is will put them up. 

“I ask you this: do you believe what you’ve heard from the Tories in the last five weeks?  Or do you believe what you’ve seen and what your family has felt in the last five years? 

“When you remember their record you realise the reality of their plan.  And it’s a record the Tories are desperate not to talk about, a record to run from not run on. 

“Labour has a better plan for a better future: a plan not just for a fairer country, but a more prosperous one. 

“This election is Britain’s big chance to make a big choice. 

“A choice between putting working families first with Labour or putting the wealthiest and most powerful first with the Tories. 

“A choice between investing in the NHS and our children’s education or a Tory plan for extreme cuts. 

“A choice between a better plan and a better future with Labour or a Tory plan where the recovery never reaches your front door. 

“The truth is your families can't afford five more years of putting the wealthiest first. 

"Your NHS can’t afford five more years of extreme spending cuts. 

"And Britain can’t afford five more years of wasted talent and ruined futures. 

“David Cameron will do anything he can to distract you from the real choice. He wants to distract you by banging on about deals with other parties after the election because he has nothing to say about the real issues in this election: the NHS, immigration, family living standards, and the future of our children. 

“I tell you the deal I will make. I will make a deal with the working people of Britain in every part of Britain. 

“For a strong economic foundation. 

“For higher living standards 

“For an NHS with the time to care. 

“For controls on immigration. 

“For a country where the next generation can do better than the last. 

“And for homes to buy and action on rent. 

“That’s the only deal I want to make. 

“That’s Labour’s offer, that’s Labour’s plan, based on the simple truth that it’s when working families succeed that Britain succeeds” 

“A better plan. A better future. Let’s make it happen together.”

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