Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called the Conservative party a 'risk' to the families on middle and modest incomes, while speaking at the Fabian Society New Year Conference.
"I would say the first risk to middle as well as modest income families comes from those who have no sense that we need an industrial strategy to create the jobs of the future. The risk comes from the Conservative party, who oppose the very investments that are required for the jobs of the next generation."
The Prime Minister explained that the Conservative attitude to future jobs remained one of meritocracy and limited opportunity:
"The Conservative attitude to the jobs of the future is akin - whether they admit it or not - to an old view that assumes that irrespective of hard work and effort, there will always be a limited pool of talent and limited room at the top."
Instead, he argued that Labour best represented the best interests of those from middle and lower income families:
"Ours is the only party that will protect and not squeeze that mainstream middle, ours is the only party campaigning from the centre, for the centre."