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Ed Miliband: 'We Could Rebuild Britain'
Labour leader Ed Miliband has called on voters to give him a chance to rebuild Britain and boost the country's ailing economy, despite ongoing concerns over his poor personal ratings.
Speaking at a question-and-answer session with voters ahead of the party's annual conference in Manchester, Mr Miliband spoke of his desire to ease the financial strain on families and create more jobs.
"What are we facing in this country? I think we are facing big cynicism about politics," Mr Miliband told the crowd.
"I think we're facing the fact that many people saw the Prime Minister David Cameron going around the country a few years ago promising change.
"And some people have given him the benefit of the doubt, and I understand some of the reasons for that, but I don't think we've seen the change that he promised.
"I think in the toughest times you need a government on your side... That's the government that I would want to lead - a government that brought real change to this country so we could rebuild Britain."
Despite Labour riding high in the opinion polls, Mr Miliband is under pressure to improve his stubbornly poor personal ratings.
The Tories have highlighted the problem by releasing Populus research that found nearly two-thirds of Labour supporters would prefer Mr Miliband's brother David to be in charge.
Some 73% of those questioned agreed that Mr Miliband did not have what it takes to be prime minister in tough economic times, and 72% that he was too weak for the job.
Some 65% of the 2,000 people questioned thought David Miliband would be a better leader for the party than his brother.
The figure is the most devastating finding in a poll which suggests Ed Miliband is facing difficulties persuading voters that he is a potential prime minister.
The Tories released the findings in an apparent attempt to undermine Mr Miliband's position as Labour delegates gathered for the party's conference.
Mr Miliband's aim at the conference is to convince voters he has what it takes to be prime minister.
The Labour leader is expected to spend the week attempting to sell himself as well as his party's policies.
After a TV interview on Sunday, he makes his big conference speech on Tuesday and then will answer questions from Labour delegates on Wednesday.
He is expected to try to spell out to voters who he is and define his character as he prepares to face a Tory onslaught on his personality between now and the general election.
On policies, Mr Miliband is likely to focus on Labour plans to improve living standards, including proposals to protect consumers from being ripped off by energy companies.
He is also likely to outline a tougher stance on immigration and welfare than Labour has proposed in the past and admit that his party made mistakes in these areas in government.
Mr Miliband's other task over the coming days is to avoid potential splits and disagreements with his combative shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, who speaks on Monday, which Labour's opponents will be looking for.
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what do you think?
.......13 years of labour goverment, and look at the mess we are in now, they want to spend and get more into debt to get out of debt.....how stupid is that !!!!!! ........Labour (no chance)
stop talking rubbish been reading the sun again
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Each as bad as the other. They have all had their days of disaster
I wonder if he knows what the magna cartar was
And there wasme thinking david camaron was conservative.
Exactly - but not many see that Stuart as you can see. That is what got us into a mess and it will take a very long time to get us out of it. We only just finished paying for WW2 recently.
Agree, agree, agree. Stephen, with the sailor hat.... why do you always repeat yourself...... I wouldnt have the Sun newspaper near my house. You seem to worship the Labour party..... I think you live in the very distant past. Your Labour party, as it is now, is a total disgrace.
Dear Jane, do you know whwt the Magna Cartar (Carta) is???
Stuart so what your saying is we should not have borrowed money in 1945 we were in debt a lot more in 1945 ?
the Tories and the sun are one they talk rubbish
Stuart I think a number on this subject do not remember the shambles left by Wilson and the rest of that crowd which was repeated by Blair and Brown. Labour policies may attract voters seeking utopia but under a free market there is a real world out there - not saying that David and co are doing a good job but there is a realisation of the mess we have been left in and you can not borrow your way out of debt.
Nice one blue. Not trying to make light of it, not talking left wing rubbish, not having a pointless shot at the sun, just common sense.
And, of course, thanks for briefly (at least) also mentioning that Cameron and Co. are continuing the Labour tradition of making a holy mess.
YEH RIGHT WHAT EVER!!!!!
Labour borrowed 650 billion in 13 years. Osborne has borrowed 750 billion in 2 years and 4 months and it is estimated that by 2015 he will have borrowed another 2 trillion. Labour took us to Iraq and Cameron said it was bad but more soldiers have been killed in Afghan put in by him. So both are bad but Clegg is even worse
Maybe we could ask iceland to lend us some.
Lets vote for maggie thatcher. All is forgiven.
Actually we went in to afganistan before Iraq !!!!!!
i think you will find (having served) it was Labour (Blair) who put us in Afghan too
big numbers and lies about wars. change your tune.
And Cameron and the Tories supported those illegal wars.
Wasn't Militwerp and Balls left hand men of Gordon McRuin - and that went so well
You echo my words gengisken...
An unconvincing shallow twerp
Given the characteristics of the incumbent, that would appear to be the prerequisite qualities for holding the office of Prime Minister of the UK!
Anthony. Nice one. It appeals to my warped sense of humour
Rebuild Britain. They would struggle with Lego. We need some truly cultured mps like Dennis healy running the show Cameron, Clegg, Miliband are just silly boys playing politics
That'll be Denis Healy who went running to the IMF with his begging bowl back in 1976.
Chris was that not to do with a problem over the EU exchange rate mechanism?
No, it was related to the world economic crisis which was speeded up due to America going into recession, failure for Britain to build new industrial plant, the OPEC countries quadrupling the oil prices and Labour refusing to implement the promised socialist policies on which they were elected.
Are you: A conservative :( A liberal/labour :( Awake :)
Dude it don't matter what party is in they all a bunch of useless liars on the paper chase !!!!!
Russell. Thats true unfortunately. Now we have Jack Straw admitting Brown was useless but did nothing about it in case it damaged the party. No thought about the effect on the country though
Just what I would expect from that self serving idiot Straw.
message to twerp milliband I DONT THINK SO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Neither do I Mike... they got us into this mess in the first instance.
To you two muppets, the greed of the City and global financiers are to blame for the unholy and desperate situation we and the rest of the western world now find ourselves in and I'm not a labour voter!
Roger. Whats wrong with you. Can't you have an adult discussion without name calling
Dave he is only telling the truth .
Stephen. That is as may be but why call people muppets when making the point??
Roger...and brown balls etc sat back and let it happen.
it was destroyed in 1979
Yeah. It was all Stephens Auntie Margarets fault
Yes Stephen it was in a terrible state in 1979, thank goodness Thatcher was there to sort out Labours 70s mess.
And went on to make it 100 times worse, then Labour carried on the same capitalist policies alongside the rest of the world until capitalism itself, globally, is now in crisis.
Stephen.... I am not sleeping with worry about you.... you are living in the past still. YOUR Labour party does not exist in these modern days.
The present administration are a shambles and the coalition have completely failed to match up to my hopes. However I just don't see Millibland as a credible alternative and see him more as an electoral liability. Like so many politicians he is all popularist soundbites and tell em what they want to hear phrases. Polling day is going to be one hell of a dilema for me and I suspect many others.
Dave, They are all like that and I do agree with you it is one hell of a dilema at the next general election. However I think they may still be a shock in the results
Your right Dave talk is cheap. Heard his brother last night on the news and they are as transparent as a black out curtain - would not buy a used car from any of them.
Why on earth would anybody want to vote for UKIP, who are basically a disgruntled rump of rightwing ex-Tories. Farage the foghorn is already making cooing noises with Cameron for a coaltion to replace the LibDems. What's more UKIP offers a 'respectable' home for those racists who don't want to mix with their more rougher racist colleagues in the BNP. Neil Hamilton (remember him?) has just joined UKIP, does anybody need any further proof it's a nutters' party? Should be ideal for you, Keith Donnellan.
Blue Side. The bottom line is they want power and how this is achieved is immaterial. The end justifies the means as they say
Well Dave it is not a bad job - how much they get now? What's more you don't even need to be clever.
Chris Why is it racist to want to be British? Why should I not be allowed to celebrate Christmas? I accept ramadan. Why should I be persecuted because of the smell of bacon cooking coming from my house? These are racist views against me in my own country. Time all you left wing Trots grew up.
What on earth has Christmas to do with this? Who's stopping you from celebrating it? Give me their name immediately. And who is persecuting you over your bacon butties? Have you been at the turps? Ha. Ha. Dear me. Speaking of growing up...why don't you form the Bacon Butty Party? I'd join...if you cut the crinkly bits off.
The thing is labour's policies dont work in real life; "No society ever thrived because of a large & ever growing class of parasites (public sector non-jobs & benefit lovers) living off those who produce" simple fact of real life. Labour have nothing to offer modern day life
Well said,the truth always hurts politicians.As the saying goes.If you want to change the country/world START WITH YOUR SELF Millyband.
And the policies of the current coalition are working I assume Grant?
Michael they are doing the best with the black hole they were left with.
still talking rubbish grant
ah Stephen still scrounging?
SuperTory rant is confusing the capitalist leadership of the Labour Party with the vast majority of the labour movement who actually produce things, and produce the real wealth whether in the private sector OR public sector. The only thing lacking is that ordianry working class people, who he clearly despises, at this moment, have no real political representation which is why we need our unions and all the anti-cuts campaigners to turn away from Labour (if they haven't already) and form a new party to represent the millions not the millionaires. Labour/LibDems/Tories are just three wings of the same (failed) capitalist party.
I meant 'SuperTory (G)rant, of course.
Chris Just what is an ordinary working class person? Have never been able to fibd out. Trust a left wing Trot like yourself cane give a perfect answer.
Already told you this above. If you don't know what an 'ordinary working class person' is, maybe you're either ignorant or you are NOT one.
Cameron=self-serving parasite, supercilious and ineffective. Miliband=self-serving parasite, idealess and ineffective. What'shisname...Clegg= insignificant now. There are just as many parasites inside the Houses of Parliament as there are outside, relatively speaking of course. Sadly I have seen at ALL levels people dining out on a Labour ticket, "playing" politics and reaping the benefits, allowances, freebies, ect etc etc etc etc
I do sometimes despair when I read the comments and see people bashing Labour and people bashing the Tories. How can this possibly be when both are exactly the same? The only difference between them is their name. We only have one political party in this country and what name it goes under does not matter. Now just accept my superior intellect on this issue and do not argue.
He could not build a Lego house all talk and full of
i think the key word here is "could" and not "can". lets face it you (the left wing idiots) broke it and now you think you can fix it. i think Miliband and his cronies need to give those ever so accommodating people at Wonga a call. they will charge in interest, about the sane as our taxes - its a win win solution. face facts, it should have been Ed Balls as leader, then he and the rest of you could preach his name.
i wouldn't trust this idiot and his friends to rebuild my barbecue.....with a full set of plans! He should be able to rebuild Britain though, as he was instrumental with Mr Broon and Ed Balls-up for dismantling the UK economy to the state it's in today. I heard a Labour politician blaming Margaret Thatcher last week for her part in our problems.....20 years after she left office!
Thatcher's government was, by and large, responsible for relaxing the regulations on banking and the big fnance houses of the City. So that much is true. However, what the Labourites (and FibDems) fail to mention is that, ever since then, they have further encouraged this state of affairs until the finance world, globally, had nothing to rein it in, hence the massive collapse we see today, and the present ConDem govt is only making it worse, expecting ordinary working people to pay for it, and Labour promises more of the same.
they will blame anyone but themselves Bill.
So Thatcher's government DIDN'T degegulate the banks and the City? How much of history do you want to re-write?
Chris What exactly is an ordinary working person? Is there some sort of earnings level for these? Labour are incapable of running the economy as they do not understand the need and purpose of the private sector. You are a bank basher. Does that mean you do not use a bank? Or do you just follow the left wing trend of bashing anyone who is a self made "have". Until we control population size and accept that bringing up our children is not the taxpayers responsibility but our own then poverty will not be beaten. Money will not beat poverty but a sensibly planned reduction in numbers will. Labour just buy votes by giving out more benefits and creating non jobs. They are guilty of being wealthy and clueless whilst pretending to be working class [ whatever that is ].
An 'ordinary working person' is somebody who WORKS for a living or would work for a living if there were jobs to be had. I would think an income level might be around £40,000 maximum approx. And I agree, Labour are not capable of running the country as they are no different to the Tories or LibDems in that they are fully signed up to the failed capitalist system. It is too simplified to say I am a 'bank basher' - I am a 'capitalism basher' if anything. Banks would be best democratically run with a democratically arrived at economic plan instead of the anarchy of capitalism.
Of course I use a bank, but, like a lot of people, I am subjected to the system they work to - they gamble with my money on the casino of the stock exchange instead of investing it in jobs and services. When you suggest I might be against the 'Haves', by them, I guess you mean the millionaires and multi-millionaires who are sucking us dry, then yes, I have plenty against them. 'Self-made'? Their workers made their money for them.
You mistakenly think it's about population - do you mean birth control or immigration? No, this country is very rich despite what our political class and their wealthy friends tell us. What is lacking is the political will to build homes, a modern transport system, invest in manufacturing, hospitals, schools etc THUS creating millions of jobs. It's not population it's about the lack of resources because the rich (the 'Haves', as you call them) refuse to invest and continue to accrue more wealth at our expense.
don't these rightwing types have any logical arguments? I don't know.
The last person to enter parliment with the "right ideas" was Guy Fawkes!
ITS UKIP OR BNP FOR ME. PEOPLE WAKE UP,ALL THE THREE MAIN PARTIES ARE USELESS,PLEASE VOTE FOR SOME ONE WHO WILL LOOK AFTER THE BRITISH PEOPLE AND TELL THE REST TO GO AND SWIVEL.
You may as well vote for Hitler.
Chris I would have thought that even a left wing Trot like yourself would have realised Hitler was dead.
Yes, like the policies of UKIP/BNP represent the dead.
And swearing at me, boys, won't change the truth.
Same old promises, same old lies. No way would I vote Labour again. Ed the Ball is from the old brigade whilst Miliband and his brother live in cloud cuckoo land. Both Brown, and Blair made me realise what a set of unreliable shady characters politicians are. Those and the thieves who fiddled their expenses.It is UKIP for me next time around.