Ed Miliband on the campaign trail in Lowestoft

The Labour leader faced tough questions when he met members of the public in Lowestoft today.

Ed Miliband, who was in the region as part of the May 5 local election campaign, met with the school crossing patrol workers who are set to lose their jobs as part of Suffolk County Council cuts and took part in a question and answer session at St Andrew's Church hall in Roman Road.

Addressing an invited audience – not all staunch Labour supporters, Mr Miliband said: 'We've got to reinvent ourselves, not just as a political party but to be more like a social movement.

'I've not come here to say 'vote for Ed Miliband so he can be in power and pull all the levers'. Change comes from the peopl. People as a movement create change.'

The leader of the opposition was also asked about the country's crippling deficit, about student fees, NHS reforms, nuclear power and the ongoing campaign to save Suffolk's threatened local libraries.

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