Ed Miliband has managed to find a style that suits him, and speaking well without notes always makes a good impression.
Miliband gave shape to the kind of government he plans to lead, arguing Labour is on the side of the working majority not the elite few.
Ed Miliband will promise to reverse business rates in a key speech tomorrow, which will be financed by not reducing corporation tax.
Ukip and the Conservatives have each won three seats in the Eastern region, with the Lib Dems failing to retain their seat.
Labour has retained their seat in the region.
Ukip have won a new seat in the North East in the European elections, with the party's General Secretary Jonathon Arnott being elected.Labour's Judith Kirton-Darling and Paul Brannen have also been elected
In 2009 the seats were split three ways between Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.
The Labour party is looking to end its long-standing relationship with the troubled Co-operative Bank, which stretches back to 1920.
Labour's general secretary Iain McNicol is understood to want to move a £1.2 million loan from the Co-op to the trade union-controlled Unity Trust Bank and current accounts are also likely to be shifted, according to PA.
The move comes after a tumultuous period for the bank, which has seen record losses and the resignation of chairman Paul Flowers, who is now facing drug possession charges.
Labour said the change of loan provider was for "commercial reasons", but the controversy gripping the Co-op over the past year is thought to have strained relations.
The Labour leader Ed Miliband has said his plans for future leadership contests to be decided by a one member, one vote system "is the right thing to do".
The current electoral college system gives a third of the votes each to the unions, rank and file party members, and the MPs and MEPs.
ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.
Labour leader Ed Miliband acknowledged that recasting the party's historic link with the trade unions amounted to "a risk" as the number of union members automatically affiliated to the party would fall.
In an interview with The Guardian, he admitted Labour could see a big drop in annual funding by unions.
But Mr Miliband denied the plans would bankrupt the party, suggesting affiliated supporters could become a further source of funds over and above an expected initial £3 annual fee.
Individual trade unionists no longer be automatically affiliated through the payment of the political levy, but they will be able to take part in elections if they choose to join a new category of affiliated members for a fee of just £3.
– Labour leader Ed Miliban
These are the biggest changes to who can become involved in the Labour Party since probably its formation.
They go much further than people expected, but they are designed to open us up and complete unfinished business of the past 20 years.
These reforms are about letting people back into our politics, and getting them back into politics.
They will also be able to attend party meetings and the leadership hopes they will be encouraged to become more involved in campaigning, providing a new source of activism.
It will end the system which brought Mr Miliband the leadership with the support of the big unions, narrowly beating his older brother David.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has vowed to "let people back into our politics" as he unveiled details of his promised plan to recast the party's historic link with the trade unions.
In an interview with The Guardian he said the proposals represented the biggest changes to who could become involved in the party since its formation, finally completing 20 years of unfinished business.
Under the plan, the electoral college system for leadership elections - which gives a third of the votes each to the unions, rank and file party members, and the MPs and MEPs - will be scrapped for a system of one member, one vote.
Labour MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East Paul Goggins has died, his family said in a statement.
The Labour party is handing out postcards mocking comments about the "desolate North" to delegates attending the annual Tory party conference in Manchester this weekend.
It says: "The Tories think the North is desolate.
"The truth is that it's home to millions of hard-working families and small businesses."
It follows comments by Tory peer Lord Howell of Guildford, who said fracking should be carried out in the North of England where "there are large, desolate areas."