First test after Labour victory

LABOUR leader Ed Miliband is facing the first major test of his party’s popularity since taking over the hot seat.

The Stainforth MP who has just passed 100 days since his leadership victory has been busy trying to repair the reputation of the party following May’s General Election defeat.

A by-election in Oldham East and Saddleworth today, after Labour MP Phil Woolas was kicked out of offce for breaching election rules, will be the frst major test of Labour’s popularity since Mr Miliband’s victory.

Speaking on a visit to the constituency Mr Miliband criticised the recent VAT rise from 17.5 to 20 per cent. He said it would would hinder economic growth, cost thousands of jobs, and make it harder for families to make ends meet as they would be hit in the pocket by an additional £7.50 a week.