"Ed Miliband is to launch a campaign on the "lost generation" of young unemployed whose numbers are expected to reach levels this year not seen for a quarter of a century.
"On his 100th day as Labour leader yesterday, Mr Miliband came out fighting in a bid to silence critics inside and outside the party, who accuse him of having done too little to establish his political identity. On a campaigning visit to Oldham East and Saddleworth, where there is a by-election on 13 January, he focused his attack on the rise in VAT to 20 per cent, which comes into force today. He will follow this up with a warning that youth unemployment is in danger of rising above one million, creating another generation like that which faced years of unemployment after leaving school in the Thatcher years of the early 1980s. Mr Miliband believes that the issue will cause creeping anxiety among people in what he calls the "squeezed middle" of British society."