Labour leader Ed Miliband made a statement on Sunday urging Prime Minister David Cameron to take a leadership role in the euro zone economic crisis. He called for the UK to work more with other European countries in the work towards growth.
Miliband claims ‘absence of leadership’
At the Labour party annual conference, Miliband pointed out the rising rate of unemployment to illustrate that Cameron’s strategy to cut the deficit is not working.
He said that action is needed to jump start the recovery once again.
“Let’s get stuck in, let’s engage, let’s get Europe to grow, that’s the priority,” said Miliband.
Miliband also said that the prime minister has yet to acknowledge his proposal to act internationally for economic growth instead of concentrating within Britain. He accused Cameron of holding back and standing aside so as not to get tangled in the euro zone’s problems.
It is true that Britain, a member of the European Union but not of the 17-nation bloc with the single European currency, has largely left the euro zone alone to handle the problem of the Greek debt crisis and the fears from Greece leading to a plunging market.
While the government’s tough austerity programme seeks to eliminate the entire UK deficit by 2015, Labour feels that the tough cuts could hurt growth and instead feels that the budget should be cut in half over the same period of time.
It may be because of these differences that Miliband urged Cameron to “put the politics to one side” and to “start showing some leadership.”
After making these statements on Sunday, Miliband voted with his colleagues on a package of proposals for reform within the Labour party after their last election defeat.
The proposals involve taking a page from the Obama of 2008, getting members to sign up for support but not for a salary. If enough signed up, they would then be given a say in Labour Party leadership elections.
Labour officials have billed these proposals as diluting the influence of trade unions that traditionally back the party.