Ed Miliband will today renew his attacks on the previous Labour administration's approach such as failing to restrict entrants from new EU member states in eastern Europe.
In a swipe at Gordon Brown, he will say voters have legitimate fears about overburdened public services and community cohesion and expressing them "does not make them bigots, not in any way".
The then prime minister was widely condemned during the 2010 election campaign for being caught on a microphone dismissing a voter who raised the issue as "bigoted".
Mr Miliband, who made re-connecting with party supporters on immigration a central plank of his leadership campaign, will also rule out a Brown-style "British jobs for British workers" approach.
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