Labour must drop its historic commitment to free education and health care, the former education secretary Charles Clarke said last night.
He said it was the only way to ensure public services could meet ever-increasing demands.
In what will be seen as a pitch for the Labour leadership against Gordon Brown, Mr Clarke said “some level of charging” would prevent people turning to private schools and hospitals.
In a speech entitled Economic Policy and Taxation after Blair, Mr Clarke said it was highly unlikely that spending increases proposed by the Government, plus extra money expected from efficiency savings, would provide the services people now expected.
Let’s charge for NHS and schools, says Clarke