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Miliband 'winning battle of ideas'

Ed Miliband claims he is "winning the battle of ideas" but said it was a "hard process" to change the Labour Party.

The Labour leader said the party had "lost touch" with voters during the last government and that he and shadow chancellor Ed Balls had to demonstrate their "fiscal credibility".

But he dismissed criticism of his leadership as "part of the gig".

"You get criticism, you get advice, that's what happens," he told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show.

But he insisted that Prime Minister David Cameron was "coming on to my ground" on issues like taking on vested interests and "crony capitalism".

"What gives me confidence is that we are winning the battle of ideas. It's not often you say that about an opposition," he said.

"Why is he (David Cameron) coming on to my ground? Because he knows I'm talking about the right issues and the issues that matter to people.

"That's what gives me confidence."

He said the last Labour government had been "too soft on vested interests", had "got it wrong" on bank regulation and had not delivered a diverse enough economy.

But he went on: "We are changing the Labour Party and the process of change is always a hard process. I think we lost touch with people in government."


From Belfast Telegraph