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LABOUR CONFERENCE: SMITH ASSERTS BELIEF IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

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Labour Leader John Smith has boldly asserted his party's belief in the public sector, dubbing the Conservatives as ...
Labour Leader John Smith has boldly asserted his party's belief in the public sector, dubbing the Conservatives as the party of the Free Market who see the public sector as 'intrinsically bad'.

Speaking at the party conference in Brighton Mr Smith said: 'The concept of pride in public service for its own sake is beyond the government.' Those who work in schools, hospitals or serve as firefighters receive no praise but a constant barrage of attacks, said the Labour leader.

'They see their wages frozen, cut in real terms by a government who has no idea of how people live.'he continued, 'headmasters are no entrepreneurs. They should be allowed to get with jobs they are trained to do. 'We in the Labour party believe in public service. We say we are proud of what we do.' Mr Smith continued.

He later added: 'I want to introduce a Labour government that will introduce the most radical piece of constituional reform ever proposed by any political party.'

Commentators saw this statement as a sign that Mr Smith plans to adopt a more radical policy than the Party has had in recent years although he did not give specific details.
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