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Hague: "Ed Miliband, you are no Disraeli"

William Hague speaking at the Conservative Party's autumn conference. Credit: PA Wire

North Yorkshire MP William Hague today tried to seize back Benjamin Disraeli for the Tories, after Ed Miliband last week claimed the "One Nation" phrase for Labour.

Mr Miliband, who represents Doncaster North, mentioned the phrase 46 times in 65 minutes in his party conference speech in Manchester.

But in a speech to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham today, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

"To borrow a turn of phrase, we were led by Disraeli, our predecessors knew Disraeli, Disraeli's beliefs were Conservative through and through, and, Ed Miliband, you are no Disraeli."

Labour Party Conference round-up

Labour Leader - and Doncaster North MP - Ed Miliband made his big speech yesterday at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester. To the faithful was, naturally, warmly received, with one union leader saying it was the best he'd ever heard from him.

Our political correspondent, Ben Erlam, has been speaking to some of our region's MPs to see what they thought of their leader's speech.

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Conservative Party attacks Labour's education record

As Ed Miliband prepares to give a conference speech in which he will pledge that a Labour Government would carry out biggest shake-up of vocational education for a generation, the Conservative Party has attacked his party's education record.

Under Labour, we saw our country’s education system plummet down the global league tables, far fewer apprenticeships created than our competitors, and youth unemployment rising even before the boom turned to bust.

This Government is taking radical steps to create more good schools, reform vocational qualifications and create far more apprenticeships than Labour ever did. But Labour have opposed our reforms that will give our children the skills to compete in a world that has changed.

– A spokesperson for the Conservative Party.

Support for Yorkshire "Tour " bid

Tour de France 2012
Tour de France 2012 Credit: Press Association

Ed Miliband used talks with French president Francois Hollande to lobby for the Tour de France cycle race to come to Yorkshire. And the Doncaster North MP said that the president "seemed supportive of the idea" when he raised it during talks in Paris.

Mr Miliband's visit came just days after British cyclist Bradley Wiggins completed his epic victory in the sport's most prominent contest, sparking a massive boost in interest in cycling in the UK. Yorkshire is bidding to host the first two stages - known as Le Grand Depart - of the Tour in 2016.

The Yorkshire stages would run through cities and beauty spots including Leeds, York, Hull, Sheffield, Scarborough and the Yorkshire Dales. "I mentioned Bradley Wiggins' triumph and told the president about the bid being put forward by Yorkshire to host the initial two stages, " said Mr Miliband.

"He said the Tour de France had gone through his constituency and I said I was looking forward to it hopefully going through mine. He seemed supportive of the idea. I know it is not a decision for him, but it would be a great thing for it to come to Yorkshire."

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Miliband guest at Bradford Muslim Women's Council

The Labour Leader Ed Miliband has been in Bradford today to meet the city's Muslim communities following his party's shock defeat in the Bradford West by-election.

Mr Miliband was the guest speaker at the launch of the Bradford Circle set up by the Muslim Women's Council.

The initiative hopes to encourage Muslim women to regularly debate key and controversial issues with political, community and business leaders.

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