Miliband says coalition parties are “in total retreat” after Wythenshawe victory

Ed Miliband has reacted to Labour’s by-election win in Wythenshawe and Sale East last night by attacking the campaigns run by the other parties, and claiming that the coalition parties are “in total retreat:

“Last night was a very good result for Labour. We added to our share of the vote, we gained support.” 

“We saw the governing parties – the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats – in total retreat. This is a constituency where even in 1997 the Conservatives were polling over 20% of the vote. So I think they should be deeply concerned. They’ve been telling people that everything’s fixed, that the economy is fine, that the cost of living crisis isn’t there.

Miliband Mike Kane

“The people of Wythenshawe and Sale East know differently. They know that there is a deep cost-of-living crisis and a deep issues around the National Health Service. Labour is addressing those issues. In the by-election our opponents weren’t, and that’s why I think we got such a good result.”

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