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Miliband sorry for Rotherham but not concerned about UKIP rise

Today the Labour leader Ed Miliband apologised for the abuse that happened in Rotherham on his party's watch

He said "The Labour Party let people down."

But he insisted he is not concerned about UKIP taking Labour votes, as they prepare to take the fight to Labour this week by hosting their conference in Ed Miliband's home town of Doncaster.

Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand spoke to Mr Miliband as his party wrap up their own conference in Manchester:

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Labour promise more powers to regions

Labour has promised to give more powers to cities outside London, to help close the north-south divide. In a speech today,

Ed Miliband said he'd give councils extra money to make their own decisions on issues such as transport and housing.

The Labour party have also said today that they'd bring back regional ministers to champion areas like Yorkshire and Lincolnshire within the government. The Tories are asking how Labour would pay for it, but Mr. Miliband says he's committed to making changes.

Veteran MP to stand down

George Mudie MP Credit: ITV Yorkshire

*Veteran Labour MP George Mudie is *to stand down at the next general election. The 68-year-old has represented Leeds East since 1992, when he took over from former Labour Chancellor Denis Healey.

Scottish-born Mr Mudie was leader of Leeds City Council for a decade before entering Parliament.

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Labour peer faced party suspension last year

Lord Ahmed joined the Labour Party in his teens and was made a life peer in 1998. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Archive

Lord Ahmed, 55, was freed by the Court of Appeal after serving 16 days of his 12-week prison sentence in 2009 for dangerous driving.

The Pakistan-born property developer later supported an AA/Populus poll into mobile phone use among motorists, saying he had "learnt the hard way" about the problem.

The peer was suspended from the Labour Party for three months last year over reports he offered a $10 million (£6.7 million) "bounty" for the capture of Barack Obama and George Bush.

Lord Ahmed denied having made the comments, published in a Pakistani newspaper, and was reinstated after an investigation by Labour Lords Chief Whip Lord Bassam.

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