Promoted by Alan Pawsey on behalf of Chris Jones; both at St Mark's Church Hall, Hall Rd, Norwich, NR1 3HL
Dr Chris Jones
It's the economy, stupid! - that was Bill Clinton's campaign slogan and it's still true. A central part of any Government's programme is getting the economy right, not only because the country expects them to do it, but because every other policy depends on economic success to make it work.
The Tories continue to trot out the simple story that everything is the fault of the last Labour government, and getting the facts straight can be difficult in a soundbite-dominated media. So here are some more detailed facts about Labour and Tory management of the economy.
So it's not surprising that 66% of leading economists believe that the austerity programme has significantly damaged the UK economy.
The Tories always wanted to reduce the size of the State and they used the crisis as an excuse, even though it did further damage to our economy.
Labour's approach is different. We know that investment to grow the country's economy is the way out of recession. We know that investing in growth means more jobs, higher tax revenues, and reduced spending on welfare.
We know that widening inequality between the 1% at the top and everyone else damages our competitiveness. That's why we will reintroduce the 50p top rate of tax and raise the minimum wage to lift working families out of the need to rely on benefits. More tax revenue, reduced welfare spending and increased economic activity - it's a win-win plan.
And we are genuinely committed to reducing tax avoidance both in the UK and in cooperation with others around the world - something the Tories only pay lip-service to because it's their friends and backers who stand to lose the most.
Labour believes in an economy that works for everybody, not just the rich, because that's the way we can all do better.