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Labour won't pledge to reverse Osborne spending cuts

Ed Miliband will address his party's National Policy Forum in Birmingham later today. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Labour will not be able to commit to reversing any of the cuts in day-to-day public spending George Osborne will set out next week, leader Ed Miliband will tell the party today.

Speaking in Birmingham later, Mr Miliband will rule out more borrowing as he tells the policy forum the party must accept the "hard reality" of governing in tough economic times.

It means any changes Labour wishes to make to the Chancellor's announcements in Wednesday's 2015/16 spending review will require cuts from elsewhere or tax increases.

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'We can turn this around and avoid a lost decade'

Addressing Labour's "people's policy forum" in Birmingham, Ed Miliband said he had the answers to Britain's current problems, telling the audience: "A lost decade is not inevitable."

"I don't just offer a change of management. I want to offer a change in the way this country is run and who it is run for," Mr Miliband said.

An investment in employment for the young, a "revolution" in the education system around vocational learning, regional banking systems and investment in homes were among the policy themes the Labour leader has outlined to the audience.

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Ed Miliband: "We've got to earn your trust"

Ed Miliband said at present "Britain is run for the few not for the many."

Labour has to "earn" the public's trust if it is to return to power, Ed Miliband has said as he began his keynote speech at the Labour spring conference.

"This Government's failure makes people believe no-one can turn this around," he told the event in Birmingham.

As expected, Mr Miliband said support for a Conservative-led Coalition or full government threatened to bring Britain a "lost decade" in economic failure.

Ed Miliband in Birmingham for public forum

Ed Miliband MP Credit: PA Wire/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Labour Leader Ed Miliband will be in Birmingham today for a conference, following the publication of the government's budget proposals this week.

He will be delivering a keynote speech and organising discussion sessions on the main issues affecting people in the Midlands.

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Ed Miliband: considering taking railways back into public ownership

Our political correspondent Alison Mackenzie spoke to Ed Miliband today, following the Government's mix up over the awarding of the West Coast Main Line contract. He said he is open to considering taking the railways back into public ownership.

"I'm open to all kinds of solutions on the railways...but at the moment we've got to sort out the absolute fiasco of the West Coast Main Line franchise. I think David Cameron has got to get a grip on this...hundreds of millions of pounds possibly of tax payers money wasted...because the Government can't organise something as straightforward as a train franchise.

– Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition
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