Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg will praise the teacher who inspired him to be the first from his school to go to Oxford University, at Labour Party conference today.
However unlike his party leader, the shadow minister said he did not expect his former teacher - the "most ironically named" Mr Coward who taught him A-level economics at Southgate comprehensive in north London - to be in the audience for the speech.
"Probably without him I would not have gone (to Oxford) because it wasn't something that generally was encouraged," he said.
The spirit of Conservative legends has been regularly evoked at Labour's party conference.
ITV News heard what voters in the marginal seat of Corby, due to hold a by-election in November, thought of Ed Miliband's speech.
There are plenty of reasons to take issue with the substance of Ed Miliband's speech this afternoon.