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Ed Miliband received a huge, warm 'Milifandom' welcome as he took the Labour Party's campaign to Ealing.

Supporters gathered in the Oak Tree Community Centre, in Osborne Road, on Friday (April 24) as the Labour candidate tried to drum up votes in the final two weeks before election day with Ealing and Acton Central parliamentary candidate Rupa Huq.

Ms Huq called it the "most important election" of her lifetime before handing over to Mr Miliband who congratulated the candidate as well as other present Labour politicians: Steve Pound, Andy Slaughter, Virendra Sharma, and Julian Bell.

Mr Miliband said: "It's not just a choice between leaders or political parties, but about the way this country is going to be run in the future.

"Only when working class people succeed will this country succeed."

He said this is why Labour is "fighting for an £8 minimum wage, fighting to ban zero-hours contracts, fighting to cut tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000, fighting to abolish the bedroom tax, to build homes again in our country for people to live in and most of all for the most precious institution in our country- the NHS".

He added: "I do not think this country should withdraw from the rest of the world. We are stronger, better as a more diverse country."

Mr Miliband also argued we should not allow tax avoidance to continue.

'False promises'

He showed support for the local candidate by saying: "I think there are enough people in this room to win this seat for Rupa.

"Birthdays, nights out, DIY - put them off. We will be proud when we elect Rupa Huq and even prouder when we elect a Labour Government."

On a local level, Mr Miliband said they would deal with the predicted 1,700 shortfall in secondary school places in the borough - by 2020 - by stopping building free schools in areas where there are surplus places, so they can actually get places where they are needed.

When asked about Ealing Hospital, he said: "We will obviously review decisions that are being made when we get into Government because I think you have to ask questions about downgrading an A&E at a time when there is an A&E crisis.

"I'm not going to make false promises - that's what David Cameron did before the last election - but we are going to look at the situation and we have got a big plan to turn the NHS around with 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more doctors, 5,000 more careworkers, 3,000 more midwives and that will take some of the pressure off A&Es."

With regard to the threat of closures of centres for vulnerable people in Ealing, Mr Miliband blamed the Tory Government for making demands on Labour councils, who are then put in "impossible positions".

On housing he said: "We are going to build 2,000 new homes a year, stop developers sitting on land, and we will stop letting agents charging tenants fees for renters."

Lastly, on why he thinks people should vote for Ms Huq, he said: "Because she is brilliant. It's been about a people-powered campaign, knocking on doors.

"I think she will be a rising star in the party."