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LABOUR CONFERENCE: ‘It’s ours to win’, Ed Miliband says - the route to power runs through the East

08:22 21 September 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband says "It

Labour leader Ed Miliband says "It's ours to win"

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The route to being in power runs through the East, Labour leader Ed Miliband told East Anglian grassroots activists as his party’s final conference before the next election kicked off in Manchester.

Mr Miliband said the general election was “ours to win” as he emphasised the importance of winning its target seats, which include Norwich North, Norwich South, Great Yarmouth, Waveney and Ipswich.

In a speech to the Eastern region gathering of about 150 people, he accused Prime Minister David Cameron of setting people against each other, claiming that his calls for an urgent timetable to give more powers to England, along with Scotland, was designed to “bury us in a discussion about England, versus Wales, versus Scotland”, rather than talk about the economy.

Mr Miliband said: “You will all be looking at the results in Scotland and what it means and will be following events over the last couple of days. The central thing I want to say to you is this. I think we are in danger of learning the wrong lessons from this referendum. This is about how we are governed. We need not just devolution for Scotland and Wales and devolution in England as well, local government in England in my view. But let’s not ignore this fact. what I think this referendum meant, more than anything else, and what you see right across this country is about as Bill Clinton said, the economy stupid.

“It is about the way our country works. I have got to be honestly with you. The single parent in Paisley who said she was voting yes, wasn’t doing it because of where powers lay and whether they had enough powers. What she was saying to me was that she didn’t have a house to go to and she was going to vote Yes because ‘things are going to get better for me’.

“That single parent in Paisley is like people right across the country,” he added.

Mr Miliband added: “Come Wednesday, we know where the fight is. It is in the Clacton by-election, and then it is on to the general election. The general election is ours to win. Four years ago in Manchester, I said it would be a one term opposition, people looked at me as if the men in white coats were about to arrive and take me away, they don’t do that anymore. This is our election to win. These Tories are not just beatable, in my view, we will beat them. We will only beat them with the hard work you have been doing over the last four years, and the hard work you will do in the next nine months.”

Annabelle Dickson is in Manchester and will be tweeting live from the conference @newsannabelle

25 comments

  • @Peter Watson. "Tories have borrowed more in 4 years than Labour did in 13". Whilst Labour was squandering our cash they didn't have to borrow so much. Once the Conservatives came in, they had to borrow because there was nothing left to spend!

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    Andy T

    Monday, September 22, 2014

  • just why has the labour party got two webpages . What is this new site called LABOUR 25 all about . Does anybody know

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    tom smith

    Monday, September 22, 2014

  • Harry Rabinowitz - come on Harry name, names. How about Tony Blair,Mr & Mrs Kinnock, Peter Mandleson, 2 Jags Prescott etc etc They all pretend to be of and for the working class but in reality like Miliband, Ball, Harman etc they are closet Tories. At least the Tories they are not pretending to be something they are not.

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    BG

    Monday, September 22, 2014

  • Politics is a career choice,mainly concerned with self enrichment,and nothing else, those who think these people are representing them,or somehow are acting in their interests are sadly deluded.The party label they adopt is irrelevant, nothing will change,taxes will go up,the infrastructure will continue to crumble,but they will walk away from it all with pockets stuffed with gold.

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • this is the labour party who only have one concern and thats certainly not for the british people

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    Link Hylian

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Hopefully once we have just English MPs voting on English matters we will no longer suffer the same sort of loony left disasters we suffered between 1997 and 2010

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    Norfolk and Good

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • What's the difference between Ed Misterbean and a Lego model? One is a glueless kit.......

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • And I bet his spouted the same garbage to the West, North and South grass roots activists. Only Labour die hards will be taken in by Miliband on the economy. He can`t talk about only English MPs voting on English only matters because it is unarguable and he and his advisors know that. The General Election is there for Labour to lose, not to win: because he is their leader, he won`t have a referendum on the EU, he says no to English only matters being decided by on English MPs and there are still too many on his front bench who are carrying with them baggage from the last Labour government. This close to an election Labour should be 20 points or more ahead in the polls, not a mere few points. This looks to me like Kinnock Mk 2.

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    BG

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • @peter watson . Yes the coalition will have run up as much debt as labour by the end of term but they are not lying about figures . Gordon brown used to give the press bogus figures on the economy every week . Take the immigration spending . Labour used to tell us it was two billion a year . Migration watch claim the figure for immigration was 140 billion during the labour years More proof that labour cannot be trusted with anything

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    milecross

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Labour are so desperate that they are writing to all their ex voters in Scotland, pleading for their support and membership, after ignoring them during the referendum debacle. There is a lot of support for a recount now.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • I bet whelk stall owners all over the country are upset about being linked to etonians. Seriously Peter Watson what experience of the real world does your labour leader have?

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    John Bridge

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • What amazes me is the foolishness which people show when they think these Old Etonians could run a bath.let alone a country.The blue and yellow Tories have borrowed more in 4 years than Labour did in 13 and sold off Royal Mail to Cameron's public school boy banker mates in the city £2 billion cheap.Would you trust an Old Etonian to run a whelk stall let alone a fish and chip shop?

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Labour is desperate to distance itself from the mutual promises made two weeks ago, realising that it would mean an eventual demise of Scottish labour in Westminster. Blue Labour has also presented us with the fraudulent postal voting system, which has clearly been rigged in Scotlands referendum. Just as the votes are rigged in other labour administrations in Rotherham, Bradford and Blackburn, who knows what would happen if the Greens became really popular in Norwich. Party politics had its time.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • I dont trust the other lot either. Their leader goes to Scotland and makes promises without consulting anyone. We are all in it together... NOT

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    sharky

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Lets just face it,the people don't trust Miliband,Balls Blair,Darling,Brown,even Hazel Blears on a certain issue.They are in it for themselves they know it,England voters know it,and their latest previously failed self serving regional assemblies prove it.They don,t want a EU Referendum and they don't want a fair English Parliament.Bring on the General Election because the English voters do Ed

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    PaulH

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Larson E. I live in Yarmouth do you. I have witnessed over many years the decline in the town. Started in the South end and is now eroding the North. Landlords getting rich on our council taxes which we pay into providing accommodation that I would not even put my dog in. Far too many immigrants does this make me a racist I think not. I worry for the future of my grandchildren there is not enough investment in the town apart from the sea front which pays very low wages ok for youngsters going onto further education or even semi retired people. But calling out bingo numbers and selling hotdogs does not pay mortgages. 2 years ago UKIP did not have 1 council seat in Yarmouth they now have 10 with the exception of 1, I think they have won every seat that they have contested in the town. Does that not tell you something.

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    The Bloater

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Agree with the posts here apart from the troll. For me I think the time has come for more local democracy. I dont think we would have had the problems we have had recently if there was MORE democracy. Its a balance as it would only be on major political issues. UKIP will be painting a similar position I believe.

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    sharky

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • 5 votes won Labour government the right to impose top up tuition fees in England with support of Browns cronies and Scots MPsScottish government voted against them Miliband tried on Sunday to justify the Scots vote for in Wesminster by saying they were considering public expenditure so it was ok for them to vote. But wouldn't MSPS in Edinburgh also have to decide on this from their budget ON BEHALF OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS and theydid when considering English students at Scottish UniversitiesScots mpsshould not have voted since it did not nor could affect their constituents. I remember one Tory MP rarity refused to vote for this reason. Funny old game Saint

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    No to tory boy

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Going back to DM's comments. He is now trying to foist on us regional assemblies which has already been voted against when the question was asked in a referendum. Do the people in this country really want to hand more powers to Norfolk CC, Rotherham, etc.? Is it not also EU ambitions to create regions to replace national governments? Says it all really.

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    andy

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Yes Larson, you are. Interesting to hear Milliband trying to squirm out of some very soft questions from Andrew Marr. Milliband clearly does not believe in democracy as he tries to insist that Scottish MP's can still vote on English matters. It was Labour that got us into this devolution mess because it thought it could get more votes. He wants to put party before fairness, justice and the country. All three parties have given UKIP an extra boost in one stroke. The three stooges are not very bright are they.

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    andy

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Is it National Troll Day ?

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Just shows how out of touch he is, if he thinks he can win the Yarmouth seat. there is a strong possibility that it could go to UKIP. Not just because of disgruntled tory voters but also many labour voters turning to UKIP in Yarmouth. Farge certainly thinks its a winable seat to take off the tories.

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    The Bloater

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • this is a vile nasty party . Anybody who votes labour after the scandel in rotherham should be ashamed of themselves

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    milecross

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Cannot Say you are correct. Please remember the unions wrote his speech as they are his pay masters.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Don't forget for one moment Mr Millipede, your predecessors are the ones who allowed unlimited immigration to fill the housing stock, that's one of the reasons why the single parent in Scotland cannot find accommodation. Just as an aside your predecessors also sold the UK gold at rock bottom prices as well as introduced low level control issues on the Bankers. You are not the solution, you are part of the problem.

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    Cannot Say

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

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