Ed Miliband: 'Labour is going to win back Crewe and Nantwich' (video)
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband says his party has learned from previous electoral defeats in Crewe and Nantwich.
Mr Miliband visited the constituency yesterday to take part in a question and answer session at Pickmere Court residential scheme in Crewe.
Labour lost control of the previously safe seat in a 2008 by-election, during Gordon Brown's most unpopular period as Prime Minister.
Mr Miliband told residents in Crewe that he would reverse his predecessor's hugely unpopular decision to abolish the 10p tax which left around 25 million people on low incomes worse off.
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The Labour leader said he believed this had been a key issue in the 2008 election.
Mr Miliband said: "This is a seat we hope to win back at the general election. I think the most important thing that we're trying to offer people in Crewe is that this is a Labour Party which is changing and that understands the mistakes that we've made such as the 10p tax. I remember being here for the by-election. I remember people being angry about it. We're not just saying we got it wrong, we're saying we're going to put it right. We want to reintroduce the 10p rate. I think there can be no greater symbol of the fact that Labour's willing to admit its mistakes and move on.
"I want to convince the people of Crewe that Labour is not only on their side but has got the best chance of offering them the future that this area wants."
Over the course of an hour Mr Miliband answered questions from members of the public on a wide range of topics from the EU to unemployment to the NHS.
Mr Miliband was invited to Crewe by Dr Adrian Heald, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Crewe and Nantwich.
Dr Heald, a senior consultant physician at Leighton Hospital, was given the full support of his party leader.
Mr Miliband said: "I'm very proud of our local candidate because he's somebody who's currently serving the people of this area through the health service and now wants to serve them in Parliament."
The Labour leader and Dr Heald both praised Pickmere Court as a model to be replicated around the country.
Pickmere Court resident Barbara Hannigan, who got the chance to ask Mr Miliband a question, said she was pleased he had come to Crewe.
The 80-year-old said: "I've always voted Labour. It's good that someone like him has come here to talk to us. I agreed with a lot of what he said."
The 2008 by-election was called following the death of Labour stalwart Gwyneth Dunwoody, who had held the seat since 1983.
Tory candidate Edward Timpson was victorious, and he successfully defended the seat in the 2010 general election.