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Miliband attacks coalition on 'front-loaded' council cuts

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Labour leader Ed Miliband has said that the Coalition has “no mandate” for ‘front-loaded’ cuts to council budgets.

His remarks came at an event which the party said had been called to highlight “the divisive policies which the Tories and the Lib Dems are pursuing without a mandate”, the Guardian reports.

Mr Miliband said people felt “utterly betrayed”  by the government, adding that it had no mandate for front-loaded council cuts, top-down NHS reform, the squeeze on middle-income families and the VAT rise, cutting police numbers, raising tuition fees and cutting the education maintenance allowance.

The Labour leader said he wanted voter turnout to be as high as possible in Thursday’s elections, but refused to be drawn on what he thought the results would be at Newcastle and Sheffield city councils, two of his party’s top targets to take from the Liberal Democrats.

He agreed that 2007 (the last time these council seats were contested) had been a bad year for Labour against which it should do better, but would not make predictions.

Mr Miliband said that if the Alternative Vote system were adopted following Thursday’s referendum it would produce a “fairer and better politics in this country”.

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