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Ed Miliband's speech: Key extracts

They are going to use every tactic to try to destabilise, distract us and throw us off course

Ed Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband has urged party activists to "focus our eyes on the prize of changing this country", after reports that senior Labour figures want him to stand down.

Here are the key extracts from his speech.

'You need resilience in this job'

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Media captionMiliband: "You need resilience in this job. You need thick skin."

Mr Miliband began his speech declaring that he was determined to stand up to his critics.

"I am willing to put up with whatever is thrown at me, in order to fight for you," he said. "And remember: We're in a fight not because our opponents think we're destined to lose the election, but because they fear we can win."


'The zero-zero economy'

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Media captionMiliband: "Our country only works for the privileged few today, not for most people"

His argument that Britain is only working for the privileged few was not some "theoretical idea", the Labour leader continued. "It is rooted in the lives of people in every part of our country."

Why should people on zero-hours contracts stand by while the wealthiest in society paid zero tax, he asked.


Immigration and UKIP

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Media captionMiliband: "We will be talking more about immigration as a party. But always on the basis of Labour values, not UKIP values."

Mr Miliband turned his fire on UKIP, which has been making inroads in parts of the country where Labour has traditionally been strong.

"It isn't prejudiced to worry about the effects of immigration," he said.

But UKIP's policies were based on an unattractive vision of the past, "rooted in the same failed ideas that have let our country down".


'A fairer, more just, more equal Britain'

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Media captionMiliband: "Let's fight for a fairer, more just, more equal Britain"

He concluded his speech by conveying a list of policies to activists, "just in case you find people who still believe that there is no difference between the parties".

This included raising the minimum wage, curbing zero-hours contracts, freezing energy bills, helping young people to find work, and cutting the deficit.

"We're in a fight but it is our fight to win," he said. "Millions of people in this country are resting their hopes on us. We can't let them down."

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