Miliband: 'Britain can do better'

Ed Miliband repeatedly returned to the theme of Britain being able to 'do better' during his Labour Party conference speech in Brighton.

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Miliband reaches out to North after fracking comments

Ed Miliband is recalling the comments made by Lord Howell about fracking in parts of the North East, which he reportedly described as "desolate and uninhabited areas".

"One casual aside dismissing one whole region of the country," Miliband says.

He says he prefers to call people living in the North East: "Friends, neighbours, heroes of our country".



Miliband pledges to close 'Tory tax loopholes'

Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged to pay for the scrapping of the so-called bedroom tax by "ending Tory tax loopholes".

In a blog post on the Labour website, he explains that he will pay for the measure by "abolishing tax loopholes for hedge funds, the billion pound black hole created with a scheme for workers to sell their rights for shares, and by tackling scams which cheat the taxpayer in construction".

42% say Miliband's TV and radio manner let him down

More than 2,000 respondents in an ITV News/ComRes poll were asked to rate seven factors of Ed Miliband's leadership as a positive or a negative.

The top three positive factors were:

  • Speaking out against News International over phone hacking - 44 percent
  • Opposition to military intervention in Syria - 44 percent
  • Attempts to reform the Labour Party’s relationship with trade unions - 34 percent

The top three negative factors were:

  • The way he comes across on radio and TV - 42 percent
  • The way he has lead the Labour party overall since 2010 - 37 percent
  • Standing against his brother David for the party leadership - 30 percent
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