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Miliband vows climate leadership if he becomes PM

Ed Miliband will promise to provide global leadership on tackling poverty and climate change if he wins the General Election in May.

In a speech later today, the Labour leader will insist that a commitment to the green agenda and a desire to reduce inequality are "at the heart of my beliefs" rather than being "part of a branding exercise".

Ed Miliband will address an event in Queen's Park, northwest London, later today. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Miliband will promise to use a series of major global summits after the election to push for action to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 and reduce global net carbon emissions to zero by 2050.

He is also set to reaffirm Labour's commitment to decarbonising the UK's electricity supply by 2030 and claim that "tackling climate change is the most important thing I can do in politics for my children's generation".

Watch live: Cameron faces TV debate questions at PMQs

After Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage told David Cameron they are prepared to go ahead with TV debates ahead of the election - with or without him, he will be expecting a tough time at Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs).

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'Not a single' promise funded by additional borrowing

Ed Miliband stressed Labour has no manifesto proposals funded by additional borrowing, adding, "Not a single one."

The Labour leader dismissed Conservative claims that the opposition had made £20.7 billion in unfunded spending commitments.

'No proposals in our manifesto funded by additional borrowing. Not a single one.' Credit: Pool

Miliband said the party would make cuts to public spending but deal with the deficit "responsibly," including through higher taxes on the wealthiest.

Labour will show they "can do more with less", the leader said.

Miliband: We're a country of food banks and bank bonuses

Ed Miliband has claimed Britain is "a country of food banks and bank bonuses" as he set out Labour's stand for the General Election.

Ed Miliband addresses Labour party supporters in Salford. Credit: Pool

"They [the Conservatives] call that a success," Miliband told Labour supporters in Salford.

"Well I don't and the British people don't either," he added.


Miliband: Election choice 'between hope and falsehood'

Ed Miliband has hit back at a Tory attack on his party's spending plans, saying the election will be a choice between "hope with us and falsehood from the Conservatives."

The Labour leader told BBC's Breakfast: "The Tories are saying that they want to go back to 1930s levels of public spending as a share of our national income, that's levels of national income not seen for 80 years or so in our country.

Ed Miliband will address Labour party supporters in Salford to mark the launch of his election drive. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

"I don't believe you can protect the NHS with that kind of plan. It's extreme, it's ideological and I think it will be really bad and damaging for our public services."

Setting out his plans for more integration between health and social care, Miliband insisted that Labour's proposals for a £2.5 billion annual funding boost would ensure the NHS is sustainable.

Blair says his left-wing warning to Miliband is not right

Tony Blair has denied saying Labour leader Ed Miliband is too left wing to win the next General Election.

The former Labour prime minister told a magazine his party was "traditionally" defeated at the ballot box when presenting "traditional" left-wing policies against "traditional" right-wing opposition.

But Mr Blair took to Twitter to say the comments mis-represented his faith in Mr Miliband's ability to win the 2015 election, as ITV News Political Correspondent Emily Morgan reports.

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