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Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Ed Miliband: I'll be methodical leader
Ed Miliband has told the BBC he intends to be "methodical" as Labour leader and not make rash promises - to win over a public that has lost trust in politics.
In an interview with BBC political editor Nick Robinson, he refused to promise to put taxes back up on the rich if his party wins power.
Labour has criticised the government for reducing the top rate of income tax rate from 50p to 45p for high earners.
Mr Miliband said he would announce tax policies at the next general election.
He has faced criticism from union backers after backing a cap on public sector pay rises and at the start of the year faced rumblings over his leadership amid a poll bounce for the Conservatives after David Cameron's EU veto.
However in recent weeks it has been the government that has been under fire, over Budget decisions on tax, its handling of a threatened fuel strike and its efforts to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada to Jordan.'Long way'
Labour has been particularly critical of decisions made in the Budget to reduce the rate of tax people pay on earnings over £150,000 - something the government says is making Britain uncompetitive and is not raising enough to justify damaging the economy. Read more on this http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17827778