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Labour's byelection victory 'was a terrible win'

Labour's victory in the Heywood and Middleton byelection was "a terrible win" because the vote margin had not been expected to be so small, ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.

"When Ed Miliband stood on these steps a few moments ago he refused to take any questions from reporters," he said.

"Usually a leader who's just won a byelection will stand there all day telling you how wonderful they are - but he had a heck of a scare last night."


Miliband: Result shows 'scale of disillusionment'

Labour's narrow victory in the Heywood and Middleton byelection shows "the scale of disillusionment with Westminster politics", Ed Miliband has said.

Speaking alongside the new MP Liz McInnes, the Labour leader said this disillusionment had led long-time Labour voters to side with Ukip - who came second in the seat, just 600 votes behind Labour.

Ed Miliband alongside Liz McInnes in Heywood and Middleton.

Miliband: Conservatives 'lost in their own backyard'

Labour leader Ed Miliband said the Conservative Party lost a seat "in their own backyard" last night as Douglas Carswell took Clacton for Ukip.

After congratulating Labour's newly-elected Heywood and Middleton MP Liz McInnes, Miliband stressed that the Tories were also "in retreat on what used to be their frontline in the northwest."

He continued, "But there won't be a shred of complacency from us as we reach out to all of those voters who didn't vote Labour and those who didn't vote at all."

Miliband: Previous intervention gives us responsibility to Iraq

Ed Miliband has said that there needs to be a clear plan on any British military action against IS in Iraq.

The Labour leader said:

Some people would say that our intervention in Iraq means we should not intervene in this case. I think there is a heightened responsibility precisely because we did intervene in Iraq and with all kinds of implications the Iraqi state that has emerged is partly our responsibility.

– Ed Miliband


Miliband: UK action in Iraq 'part of a coherent strategy'

Ed Miliband has said that any UK airstrikes in Iraq would be "part of a coherent strategy, yes it's difficult, but the alternative is to turn away and say we're not going to take action."

Now I know that because of the 2003 Iraq war people will be fearful about this. We're determined we don't repeat the mistakes of the past but equally we don't turn away from the threats that we face.

– Ed Miliband

Miliband: Britain 'can't turn away from threat of IS'

Ed Miliband said Britain "cannot turn away from the threat" of the Islamic State and that is why he has backed air strikes against the militants in Iraq.

Labour leader Ed Miliband Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

We cannot turn away from the threat of ISIL which is a murderous organisation, has taken British hostages, threatens the stability of the region and is therefore a threat to the UK's national interest.

That is why we will be supporting the Government's proposal for UK air strikes in Iraq against ISIL. I want to reassure people there is no question of committing UK ground troops.

There is an alliance which includes countries in the region.

We will learn the lessons of the past - but we will not turn away from threats to our national interest.

– Ed Miliband

Miliband: Labour is prepared to make tough decisions

Ed Miliband has said his party would be prepared to make tough decisions about the economy ahead of next year's election, despite not mentioning Britain's deficit in his main party speech yesterday.

The Labour leader told ITV News: "None of the proposals in our manifesto will be funded by additional borrowing."

ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby reports:

Miliband: We can change country with big reform not spending

Ed Miliband has defended his plans to increase spending without any extra borrowing.

Speaking to ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby the Labour leader said:

We can raise the minimum wage to £8, it actually saves money on the benefits bill. We can properly fund our NHS, £2.5 billion more by raising taxes on some of the richest in our society... We can make changes to apprenticeships using business and actually using money better than we spend it at the moment.

I don't buy the argument that we can't change our country because we're not spending lots more. I think we can change our country with big reform not big spending.

– Ed Miliband
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