Ed Miliband has defended himself over Labour's recent poll slump, telling ITV's The Agenda he had always expected a close fight in the 2015 general election.
"I took this job on three and half years ago and always knew this was going to be a close election. But I think the stakes are incredibly high. And I relish the fight over the future of country over the next 13 months," the Labour leader said.
"Fundamentally I think that is a fight about what you stand up for. Do you stand up for a few people at the top, is that where you think a country succeeds? Or do you stand up for lower and middle income people and that is where I think where this election is going to be fought out.