Miliband set for policy clash with his own MPs: Labour leader plans to woo middle Britain with tougher stance on immigration Labour MPs remain firmly opposed to curbs on immigration and red tapeSome 49% said restrictions on immigration would harm economy Miliband says he has learned 'hard truths' about what Labour 'got wrong' By Jason Groves PUBLISHED: 00:33 GMT, 28 December 2012 | UPDATED: 00:33 GMT, 28 December 2012 New Year's message: Ed Miliband hopes to focus on rebuilding the economy and helping struggling families Labour MPs remain firmly opposed to curbs on immigration and red tape, a survey reveals today – as Ed Miliband pledges to unveil a string of policies to woo middle Britain. In his New Year’s message the Labour leader says the party will finally begin setting out its policies for the next election, with a focus on rebuilding the economy and helping struggling families. Mr Miliband insists he has learned ‘hard truths’ about what Labour ‘got wrong’ on issues like immigration in the past
Respect MP attacks new rule on veils saying the restriction discriminates against Muslim women George Galloway said restrictions could discriminateHe said they were 'heavy handed'Everyone who works at the Palace of Westminster are 'required to remove any covering obscuring the face' | UPDATED: 01:34 GMT, 9 December 2012 New curbs on Muslim veils in the Commons were criticised by Respect MP George Galloway last night, writes Simon Walters. Mr Galloway, whose Bradford West constituency has a large ethnic population, said the restrictions could discriminate against Muslim women
Osborne bashes benefits: Increases capped at just ONE PER CENT for three years after full toll of 'worst economic shock since WW2' is revealed Chancellor uses Autumn Statement to say working age benefits will no longer sie in line with inflation, with 60% of families affected Austerity to last until 2018 with economy forecast to SHRINK this year 2008 economic crash was worse the worst since World War TwoFuel duty rise of 3p planned for 2013 abandonedWealthy see tax break on pensions cut to raise 1billionPerformance-related pay for teachers as 1billion is found for new schoolsTaxman to hit corporations which avoid paying their way50p tax rate meant half of millionaires 'disappeared'But 1million more people are dragged into 40p tax rate in two years Lucrative incentives for fracking industry to come to Britain5billion building bonanza including HS2 extended beyond Birmingham Workers on minimum wage have tax bill 'cut in half' by rise in tax allowance | UPDATED: 18:52 GMT, 5 December 2012 ‘ George Osborne today squeezed the welfare bill, insisting benefits could no longer rise faster that average wages. In a politically-charged Autumn Statement designed to target 'strivers', the Chancellor announced all benefits will rise by just 1 per cent for the next three years, which will mean a real terms cut.