Miliband's plea to party activists
Ed Miliband is to issue a rallying call to Labour activists to get out onto the doorstep in a "street by street" campaign to regain power at the general election in May.
In a rally tomorrow for supporters to mark the launch of the party's election drive, he will call on them to hold four million individual conversations with voters - almost double the number achieved at the last election in 2010 - setting out their case in the run-up to polling day.
His promise of a grassroots campaign comes after the party's chief election strategist Douglas Alexander claimed last week that the Conservatives could outspend them by three-to-one in the battle for No 10.
Speaking in Greater Manchester, the Labour leader will tell activists that they face "a once in a generation fight" to determine who the country really works for.
"It is a choice between a Tory plan where only a few at the top can succeed and our public services are threatened - or a Labour plan that puts working people first, deals with the deficit and protects our NHS," he is expected to say.
"We will offer hope, not falsehood. We know the depths of our values matter more than the depth of our opponents' pockets. We will win this election, not by buying up thousands of poster sites, but by having millions of conversations.
"This year we will be making our case, explaining our vision, house by house, street by street, town by town."
He will launch a renewed attack on the Conservatives' record in office, accusing them of stripping back government to the "bare bones" while handing tax cuts to the wealthy, leaving working people worse off and damaging the NHS.
He will say that even by the Tories' own measure, their "experiment" with the economy had failed - after they promised to wipe out the deficit in the public finances over the course of the current parliament.
"David Cameron said he would eliminate the deficit by 2015. Well, 2015 is now here - and so is the deficit," he will say.
"It is still here for a very simple reason: because it turns out if you depress wages and lack any real economic plan other than tax cuts for the wealthy, it doesn't just fail working people, it fails to balance the books.
"So this Tory experiment has been tried. And the verdict is in: the Tory experiment has failed. Theirs is not a record to run on. Theirs is a record to run from."