Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband says he will not “buckle under the pressure” as he sought to quell infighting about his leadership and turn Labour’s fire on the Tories and Ukip.
In a speech at the University of London, Mr Miliband appealed for his party not to “let down” ordinary people struggling to get by in a Britain run for the “privileged few”.
He attempted to turn the focus away from his own popularity, saying the important thing was how to “change the country” rather than who has their “picture on the wall in Downing Street”.
“There’s a saying that goes ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’,” Me Miliband said.
“As Leader of the Opposition, over the last few days I have learned what that really means.
“You need resilience in this job, you need thick skin, but above all you need belief in what you are doing.
He told supporters at the event that the belief had to be driven by the idea of how his party must change the country.