20/09/2014 13:13 BST | Updated 20/09/2014 14:59 BST

Ed Miliband Revs Up The Troops Before Labour Conference With Best 'Blue Steel'

Ed Miliband promised to set out his "new plan" for a Britain yearning for change in a carefully stage-managed rallying cry before the party's annual gathering.

As the last pre-election political conference season gets under way, Mr Miliband said Britain "needs a change of government and we are going to do it".

But in addressing activists gathering in Manchester, one couldn't help but think the Labour leader was trying a little bit hard to appear prime ministerial and leader-like.


Striking a pose: Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine before the Labour Party's annual conference

In other recent episodes of 'Ed Miliband in public', he's struggled mightily to look normal while eating a bacon sandwich and was forced to call off a pre-referendum walkabout in Edinburgh after being mobbed... by angry Yes voters.


A model leader: Ed Miliband outside the Midland Hotel

We shouldn't forget of course that Miliband has previously dismissed claims of 'weirdness', insisting he'd prefer to be substance over style rather.


Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine at their hotel in Manchester ahead of the Labour Party's annual conference in the city

But pictures from the conference today would indicate image is certainly front of mind for the seemingly ineffectual Labour leader.

Photo galleryEd Miliband Does Blue Steel At The Labour Conference See Gallery

The Labour gathering in Manchester begins with a women's conference addressed by deputy leader Harriet Harman, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and shadow equalities minister Gloria De Piero, before the main conference gets under way tomorrow.

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