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Miliband: We should be embarrassed over lack of female engineers

Ed Miliband has criticised Britain’s lack of female engineers, labelling it a “national embarrassment” and calling for an extra 400,000 to be trained by 2020.

Writing on Facebook yesterday, the Labour leader highlighted the shortfall of engineers, and said it must be addressed “if we are going to win the race to the top in the 21st century”.

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves today told the Sun today that Mr Miliband does understand the lives of ordinary people, after Emily Thornberry was forced to resign over an offensive tweet.


Miliband declares 'united party' despite poll blow

Ed Miliband has responded to criticism of his leadership and a further slump in the polls by insisting that Labour will "go forward as a united party" and not look inwards.

The Labour leader gave an interview to the BBC this evening as a new ‎Ipsos Mori poll showed the Conservatives have taken a three-point lead.

He admitted that the party had recently been through tough times.

"It is fair to say that we haven’t had the best couple of weeks," he said.

He also insisted that unity was key to success in 2015.

"Disunited parties are parties that the public worry about and I understand that, that’s why we are going to go forward as a united party.

"That’s why the feeling right across our party, the vast, vast majority of people is we are going to look outwards to the country and I’m very clear about that.

"We are going to fight for what we believe in, we are going to focus on the needs of the country, we are not going to look inwards as a party because, frankly, it would be unforgiveable.‎"

The Ipsos Mori survey for the Evening Standard has topline figures of the Tories on 32%, Labour down four points to 29%, Ukip on 14%, the Lib Dems on 9% and the Greens on 7%.

There was more bad news for the Labour leader in the poll after it found that the number of people who think he is ready to be prime minister has dropped sharply.

In June this year, 22% thought Mr Miliband was ready to be prime minister and 65% thought he was not.

However, the figures today have dropped to 13% and 73%.

Speaking to Sky News about the findings, Ed Balls acknowledged Labour faced a “big challenge”, but brushed off the importance of this individual poll.

The Shadow Chancellor said: “These polls have been bouncing around up and down for the last few months. The only poll which is going to matter is the one on general election day. We’re not complacent at all because we’ve got a big challenge ahead in the coming months.”

Mr Miliband will give a speech tomorrow in which he will set out his reasons for taking on his brother for the Labour leadership in 2010.


Labour talks considering assisted suicide pledge

The Labour party is in talks to consider a manifesto deal on assisted suicide.

Lord Falconer, a campaigner on the right to assisted dying, is also leading a Private Members’ Bill in the Lords to let doctors prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to terminally ill patients.

Inside sources claim Mr Miliband is sympathetic to Lord Falconer’s request, but other Labour MPs remain against making it a firm manifesto pledge, fearing a move would prove a vote-loser.


Labour jump in the polls

Labour are ahead by clear margins in new polls today by Populus and Lord Ashcroft.

The latest Populus poll - taken after the resignation of Labour frontbencher Emily Thornberry amid a row over perceived snobbery - put the party ahead on 36%.

The Conservatives were down by two points on 31%, Ukip's support had risen by one point to 15%, while the Liberal Democrats' support remained unchanged on 9%.

A further poll from Lord Ashcroft this afternoon put Labour five points ahead of the Conservatives on 32% to 27%.

The news comes as Ed Miliband promised to take tough action against "cowboy employment agencies" who fail to follow new criteria by undercutting wages and failing to pay taxes.

“There is now overwhelming evidence that some [agencies] are operating in the shadows of our economy and on the margins of law, damaging the basic fabric of British life,” he said.


Miliband reshuffle: Creagh replaces Murphy

Ed Miliband has carried out a reshuffle of his shadow cabinet, in the wake of former shadow international development secretary Jim Murphy quitting his position to focus on his campaign to become leader of Scottish Labour.

Mr Murphy has been replaced as shadow international development secretary by transport spokeswoman Mary Creagh.

Ms Creagh is succeeded by Michael Dugher.

Lucy Powell has also been promoted to the shadow cabinet to take on responsibility for general election operations.

Ms Powell told BBC Newsnight she was confident in getting Ed Miliband out talking to voters, and making sure the party was working "at its very best".

"I am going to make sure we put out the very best of our talents and communicate the very strong message that we have got going into the next election and unblock the system so our operation is serving all of those fantastic candidates, our fantastic front bench and our leader," she said.


Miliband asks for 5% pay cut

Ed Miliband is asking to take a 5% pay cut to show he is serious about the Labour party’s commitment to the economy.

The Sun reveals he has written to the Treasury’s Paymaster General asking him to reduce his £132,000 salary by £7,000.

A spokesperson told the Sun: “It is important that Ed and everybody in the Labour government are focused on the tasks of getting the deficit down and showing we are determined to balance the books.”