Ed Miliband has refused to be drawn on how his party would pay for measures to alleviate what he calls the "cost of living crisis". Labour has announced policies to force large firms to train more British apprentices and pay the minimum wage.
Ed Miliband's wife has told of how she fell in love with her future husband while helping him move chairs around a Doncaster hall.
The mother-of-two also told Young Labour members she is willing to help them in the run-up to the 2015 General Election before joking: "After all you now know I can door-knock, I can move chairs although I guess falling in love at the same time probably gave it a bit of a different dimension."
Miliband's wife Justine added she wanted to speak at the fringe meeting so people know she is "more than a dress" as she pre-empted the potential media coverage of her outfit during her husband's speech on Tuesday.
Labour leader Ed Miliband leader said large firms will have to train up a British apprentice for every overseas worker they bring to the UK while he would ensure apprenticeships in Britain are "gold standard".
He believes the policy could result in the creation of 125,000 new apprentices over five years because the long-term solution for the UK economy is to develop a highly skilled homegrown workforce.
The scheme would affect foreign nationals brought in under Tier 2 of the points-based immigration system - those who are offered a skilled job to fill a gap in the workforce that cannot be filled by a settled worker.
As part of efforts to prevent the exploitation of workers he also promised a huge increase in the fine for employers who failed to pay the national minimum wage, with the penalty set to rise from £5,000 to £50,000 under a Labour administration.