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Miliband accuses PM over Scotland

Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of learning the "wrong lessons" from Scotland as he urged people to be proud of being English as well as British.

The Labour leader asked why, if the prime minister cared so much about the union, was he seeking to divide it.

And he reiterated the party's commitment to giving 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote in general elections as part of a drive to return power to the people.

In his speech to conference, Mr Miliband said: "Giving people a voice is also about recognising who we are as a country. We are more than ever four countries and one.

"Each nation making its contribution, we are not just better together, we are greater together. That is not something to fear, that is something to be proud of.

"All of those people who are proud to be Scottish and proud to be British. Just like there are so many people proud to be Welsh and proud to be British.

"So too we can be proud to be English and proud to be British. I say to this party, we must fight for these traditions.

"The injustices facing working people face them right across the UK. We can only tackle them together. That is after all what we spent the last two years fighting for.

"I am not going to let anyone - after the last two years - drive us apart.

"If David Cameron cares so much about the union, why is he seeking to divide us? He is learning the wrong lessons from Scotland.

"What he doesn't understand is that the lessons are of course about the constitution but they are not about playing political tactics about England."

And he accused the prime minister of pandering to Ukip, listing that as another reason why he was unfit to lead the country.

Mr Miliband also pledged to complete the "unfinished business" of reform of the House of Lords and to reverse a "century of centralisation".

He said it was time to devolve power in England in the form of constitutional reform led by the people. He added: "It can't be some Westminster stitch-up."

Commenting on the public's disillusionment with Westminster, he said: "We need to change the way politics works in this country."


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