TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "This was a defining speech that rightly focused on the living standards crisis and went on to offer hope.
"At its heart was a clear break from the view that Britain succeeds by reducing the rights, pay and prospects of people at work.
"More importantly, the clear pledges made today and during the rest of this week showed that there will be a real choice at the next election - no one can now say that the parties are all the same."
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.