Ed Miliband told BBC's Andrew Marr show that a Labour government would still make cuts but at a slower pace to the Coalition's strategy:
"Yes, there would be cuts if we were in government, but actually if you make the pace of those cuts slower, if you take less money out of the economy now...it would be better for getting the deficit down sustainably."
Two goals from the Shadow Chancellor and one from the Shadow Health Secretary were enough to see off a toothless Press Lobby XI.
Ed Miliband said Labour would reverse the coalition's cut in the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p "if there was an election tomorrow".
Ed Miliband will use his party conference to attempt to convince voters he could lead Britain out of recession. He has work to do.