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Miliband Emerges In Attempt To Reboot Labour
Ed Miliband will later try to turn the tables on the Government on the economy as he battles to move on from questions about his leadership.
The Labour leader will again attack the coalition over what he calls a "cost of living crisis" and argue families are worse off since David Cameron took power.
Mr Miliband's appearance this afternoon will be his first since he returned from a two-week family holiday in France to face rising disquiet in Labour ranks.
Questions about the party's high command have grown amid increasing signs that an economic recovery is finally under way, which has boosted the Tories.
In recent weeks, Labour front and backbenchers have been critical of the party failing to get its message across, insisting it has to "shout louder".
The shadow cabinet has been attacked for a "deafening silence" over the summer which has allowed the Government to set the agenda.
There has also been internal criticism about a lack of coherence on key policy areas, including the economy, welfare, housing and education.
Meanwhile Tory fortunes have also been bolstered by a series of encouraging economic data, with growth for the second quarter at 0.6%.
New figures on Wednesday showed unemployment fell 4,000 between April and June and average earnings rose by 2.1% in the year to June.
And on Tuesday, data revealed inflation fell to 2.8% in July and house prices rose by 3.1% in June - fuelling hopes Britain is turning the corner.
A new poll shows David Cameron and George Osborne have surged ahead when it comes to public trust over the handling of Britain's finances.
Some 40% of voters said they had confidence in the Tory party on the central issue, compared to 24% for Ed Miliband and Ed Balls.
Wider polling has also indicated that Labour's lead over the Tories is narrowing. A recent ComRes poll showed their advantage had halved in a month.
Former Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell and ex-minister and MP Chris Mullin have both attacked the current team for failing to defend the party's economic record.
Mr Campbell, writing on his blog, warned Labour had "lost the weapon" of having a good record on the economy because the party had been too keen to move on.
He accused Labour of playing into Tory hands when it should have been "more robust in defending the record, including the GB/Alistair Darling handling of the global financial crisis".
Mr Mullin said the party had not countered the "vast lie" that Britain's economic problems were primarily caused by the previous government.
Following a suggestion at the weekend that Mr Miliband should ask Lord Mandelson for help, the former MP added that he should bring back "grown ups" like Alistair Darling.