A new generation for change


Ed Miliband’s first few days as Leader of the Labour Party have brought a breath of fresh air to politics.

In his speech to the Labour Party Conference Ed was right to emphasise not just Labour policies, but also our values – the things which makes us tick. He has already shown he is prepared to face up to the things which Labour got wrong in government as well as celebrate the things we achieved. That is something which too few politicians are prepared to do.

And – perhaps most important – he has got a vision for the future that I believe can connect with people who are often turned off by the world of politics. That is so important if Labour is to win back the confidence of the voters we lost at the General Election.

It’s true that I voted for Ed’s brother. David would also have made a great Labour Leader but that doesn’t take anything away from Ed. His election marks the start of a new generation for change – a generation of new ideas just as much as new faces.

With their narrow-minded cuts plan threatening to plunge Britain back into recession whilst hitting the vulnerable, the Cameron-Clegg coalition is already starting to look like the politics of the past rather than the future.

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Richard Burden

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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