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'Ed Miliband looks like a Prime Minister in waiting'
ED Miliband looks like a Prime Minister in waiting, Wycombe's Labour chief says.
The Labour party leader has received plaudits for his conference speech last week, in which he spoke in depth about his personal background and education, while also trying to claim the Conservatives' 'one nation' tag.
His performance has been labelled 'incredible' by Councillor Victoria Groulef, leader of the Labour group at Wycombe District Council, who witnessed it first hand.
The speech has led to a discussion in the national media on whether he now has the stature to walk into number ten Downing Street and take up the reins of power.
Cllr Groulef said: “I think Ed has looked like a Prime Minister in waiting for a long time but it's just probably he hasn't had the national platform to show it in such a stark sense.
“A lot of people don't watch Prime Minister's Question Time in Parliament.”
She said he had been 'brave' in taking on Rupert Murdoch and other important issues such as responsible capitalism.
She said: “He is an inspirational leader ready to take the reins of power and I thought this speech brought it all together in one place at one time.
“I think people saw him for the leader he is and I have to say his leadership throughout the conference and last year to 18 months has been tremendous.”
However, national opinion polls suggest voters are unconvinced about his Prime Ministerial abilities.
A ComRes for the Independent showed only 22 per cent of people believe Mr Miliband has what it takes to be a good Prime Minister.
With all the factions of the party united behind the leader, however, Cllr Groulef is certain Labour is on the right course and believes her leader does connect with and understand the troubles of the average person.
She said as someone who came from an inner city working class background herself, Ed Miliband was the right person to represent others like her.
“I think Ed does know what it's like to represent an area where people really are struggling at the moment,” she said.
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