Lord Mandelson argued that the Labour Party represented the only genuine option for political change in British politics while addressing a Young Fabian event at the Fabian Society's New Year Conference.
"The country is still feeling a little fragile from what we have gone through in the last 18 months, and the country wants to be given hope. The Tories say they offer austerity, they say there's no choice, but it's their choice to offer austerity, they're choosing to deliberate, to close down parts of government. They want to slice up public services - that's their choice - but they want people to believe there's no alternative."
Lord Mandelson argued that the Conservative party are not capable of being the party of change because they do not understand changes that are taking place in Britain:
"We are forward looking, we are moving with the times, while the Tories are Conservative in every sense of the term. When people say they want change - they are dead right, we are the real changemakers in British politics. That's what we are going to offer - change for good, and change for Labour. This is going to be a big choice election, a big choice between the airbrushed instincts of a Tory party that fundamentally have not changed and a clear radical manifesto from Labour."
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