UK's Miliband tries to shed economic incompetence image before election

December 10, 2014 10:01 PM

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UK's Miliband tries to shed economic incompetence image before election

LONDON (Reuters) - Ed Miliband, leader of Britain's opposition Labour party, will seek to rally support for his economic policy five months before a national election by portraying planned Conservative spending cuts as "extreme" and driven by a heartless ideology.

Neck-and-neck in opinion polls with Prime Minister David Cameron's right-leaning Conservatives, Labour's economic competence rating is sharply lower, with rivals often telling voters the party mishandled the 2008 financial crisis and left behind the biggest peacetime deficit since World War Two.

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