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Ed Miliband in vow to make a difference

Labour leader Ed Miliband has urged his party to show they can "make a difference" at a time when the challenges facing the UK were the "greatest in a generation".

In his new year message, Mr Miliband said Labour's "mission" for 2012 was to rise above public cynicism about politics and demonstrate that "optimism can defeat despair".

He accused the Government of offering only rising unemployment and falling living standards for ordinary families.

The country could not afford to "stand back and watch" the economy stagnate and jobless numbers grow, he said.

In such challenging times it was important the public did not lose faith in politicians' ability to tackle the difficult problems they were facing, he said.

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