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Conservatives: Miliband still has no plan for UK's future

A Conservative minister has hit out at Ed Miliband after this morning's speech, saying the Labour leader still has no plan for the future of the country.

Matthew Hancock, who has a joint brief in the Energy and Business departments, told BBC News:

The problem is for Ed Miliband and for Labour is that they haven’t got a plan to secure Britain’s future. They haven’t got what we call a long-term economic plan and they may blame the media, but it’s people on their own side who are saying that Ed Miliband is not up to the job.

– Matthew Hancock MP

Miliband tells Nigel Farage to 'bring it on'

Ed Miliband has responded to Nigel Farage's challenge to a live TV debate, telling the Ukip leader to "bring it on".

However, the Labour leader ignored Mr Farage's request for a 'head-to-head debate', referring only to the upcoming party leaders' election debate, which will also feature Nick Clegg and David Cameron.


Farage challenges Miliband to head-to-head debate

Nigel Farage has responded to Ed Miliband's attack on Ukip by challenging the Labour leader to a head-to-head televised debate.

In a speech earlier today Mr Miliband made several references to Ukip and told Labour supporters "we can take this lot apart".

Read: Labour supporters cheer Miliband's Ukip challenge

This prompted Ukip leader Mr Farage to tweet the following letter laying down his challenge to Mr Miliband.

Ed Miliband: Don't declare result until final whistle

Ed Miliband has played down allegations that he is unpopular with potential Labour voters, saying that "you don't declare the result of the match until the final whistle."

When asked by ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship if he was going to acknowledge that many of his MP's say he is unpopular with potential Labour voters, Mr Miliband said that he didn't think this was the case and that he "relished" the challenge.

The Doncaster North MP said that if Labour went out to fight for what they believe in, then his party would win the next general election.

Miliband on low ratings: I'm not in the whinging business

Ed Miliband has said he will not complain about his poor ratings and said he would concentrate on 'changing the country'.

The Labour leader went on to say that he will be repeating his message around the country ahead of the general election next year.


Labour supporters cheer Miliband's Ukip challenge

Ed Miliband has directly challenged the Ukip leader Nigel Farage as he tried to relaunch the Labour party.

Mr Miliband vowed that his party would talk more about immigration but told Labour supporters that they could "take this lot apart."

Miliband driven 'by the idea of change'

Ed Miliband has insisted he has the "resilience" to cope with the criticism he has faced in recent days and declared that Labour's beliefs will see the party win the general election.

The embattled Labour leader said he had learned the meaning of the phrase "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" following the latest round of bitter infighting within his party's ranks.

Miliband: 'work is the foundation of a successful economy'

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said that "security at work is the foundation of a successful economy."

"Everyone who works hard should be rewarded," Mr Miliband said in his 'relaunch' speech at the University of London

Ed Miliband speaking today.

And vested interests, whoever they are and however powerful they are, should not be allowed to hold the country back, the Labour Leader continued.

Mr Miliband also said that "Britain only succeeds when working people succeed."

"These are Labour values. They are the values that will win the election."

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