Labour leader Ed Miliband visits RS Components in Corby

Ed Miliband at RS Components in Corby
Ed Miliband at RS Components in Corby

Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband has visited a factory in Corby this afternoon (Monday, December 1).

The Labour Party leader was at RS Components where he spoke to about 100 staff before taking part in a question and answer session with employees.

Mr Miliband covered a number of topics, including apprenticeships for young people, immigration, the NHS, education, the banks, Europe and even the condition of roads in Corby.

He said: “We think that hard work should be rewarded. People are working in jobs that are not paid well and we want to raise the minimum wage to £8 an hour to help tackle the issue of low pay.”

Mr Miliband said he was also opposed to zero-hours contracts and compared them to a 19th century way of working.

He added: “We have people getting up at 5am not knowing how much work or how much money they will earn that day. That is no way to bring up a family.”

Speaking about immigration, Mr Miliband admitted that the Labour Party had not talked about the issue very much in the past.

He said: “I think that’s wrong.

“We need proper controls and people should not get benefits from day one, they should have to wait at least two years.”

Mr Miliband said he also wanted to tackle firms which pay workers, particularly immigrants, less than the minimum wage.

He answered a large number of questions from RS Components staff - who wanted to know more about the Labour Party’s policies on privatisation of the NHS, which should stop according to Mr Miliband, and landlords who charge unfair levels of rent, which Mr Miliband said he would tackle by introducing three year tenancies rather than one year.

Mr Miliband also praised the work done by Corby and East Northamptonshire MP Andy Sawford on improving conditions for agency workers in Corby.