No 'lurch to the left' for Labour, insists Miliband

26th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Labour's new leader Ed Miliband batted aside suggestions that his party would see a "lurch to the left" with him as its new leader, in an interview with the BBC here on Sunday.

Miliband, who was elected leader of the main opposition party on Saturday, insisted that he lay "to the centre ground of politics".

"But it's about defining where the centre ground is," he said.

"There are big injustices that we need to deal with in Britain, many of them affecting so-called 'Middle' (class) England in this country.

"People who are working hard, working long hours. They don't have enough time to see their kids. They're worried about their kids getting into debt, worried about housing.

"They're the people I want to speak for in this country," he told the BBC at the start of Labour's annual conference in Manchester, northwest England.

The new Labour leader said being labelled as 'Red Ed' by the right-wing press was "both tiresome and also rubbish frankly".

He added that his leadership was "not about some lurch to the left. Absolutely not."

Miliband defeated his better-known older brother David, the former foreign secretary, in a knife-edge result on Saturday, winning the leadership battle by 50.65 percent to 49.35 percent.

The victor said his brother had shown him "extraordinary generosity and graciousness" since his defeat.

"He now wants me to get on with the job of leading the party in the interests of the party and indeed the country," he said, adding it was too soon to think about whether David Miliband would have a role in the new shadow cabinet.

© 2010 AFP

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