Miliband says Corby voters “spoke for the country”

Labour leader Ed Miliband with Andy Sawford after he won the Corby by-election
Labour leader Ed Miliband with Andy Sawford after he won the Corby by-election
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Labour leader Ed Miliband today accused the Government of wasting taxpayers’ money on the police and crime commissioner elections and an NHS re-organisation.

He declared his party’s victory in the Corby and east Northants by-election showed its constituents “spoke for the country”.

Mr Miliband claimed that David Cameron “doesn’t listen” and was “out of touch”, and sought to mock him during Prime Minster’s Questions by stating the Premier had “got his very own word in the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘omnishambles’”.

Mr Cameron hit back and to cheers from Conservative MPs brought up former Labour deputy minister, Lord Prescott’s failed bid to be elected as a PCC, saying: “Last Thursday the people of Humberside spoke for the whole nation.”

The Prime Minister went on to joke Mr Miliband had also “made history” by claiming he had “impersonated more politicians than Rory Bremner”.

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Miliband said: “Give him credit Mr Speaker, though he did make history this week, he has got his very own word in the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘omnishambles’ and the reality is the reason why people are suffering on the ground is he has wasted billions of pounds on a top down re-organisation of the NHS that nobody wanted and nobody voted for, just like he wasted millions of pounds on police commissioner elections.

“He doesn’t listen, he’s out of touch and last Thursday the people of Corby spoke for the country.”

Mr Cameron replied: “Last Thursday the people of Humberside spoke for the whole nation....Happily there is more, because of course the former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott said this: ‘This is not just about the police,’ he says, ‘this is a referendum on everything this Government’s done, on health, on education, on the local authorities’ and people took the first opportunity to kick him out.

“And on the subject of making history this week, I think the leader of the Labour Party made some history this week because he told his conference he wanted to be Disraeli, he told Radio 4 he wanted to be Margaret Thatcher, he came to this House and said on Europe, he is more euro-sceptic than Bill Cash and then he went to the CBI and he said he loved Europe even more than Tony Blair.

“He has impersonated more politicians than Rory Bremner, but this time, the joke is on him.”