Tough times for Miliband

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LABOUR leader Ed Miliband will today attempt to stem growing criticism about his leadership with a speech to get supporters back on side.

The Doncaster North MP, who was elected party leader last September, will try to regain grassroots backing after a poll revealed more than half of Labour voters do not know what their leader stands for.

Some 41 per cent said electing him as leader had been the wrong decision, and more than two thirds said he had been ineffective at providing opposition.

Mr Miliband will admit today that voters see Labour as having encouraged a “take-what-you-can approach” among benefit scroungers and millionaire bankers.

“We became the party of those at the top and bottom who were not showing responsibility,” he will say.

Bookies William Hill have cut their odds for Mr Miliband to cease to be Labour leader during 2011 from 8/1 to 6/1.