Ed Miliband has just given his final party conference speech before the general election, pledging to hit tax avoiders, tobacco firms and and "mansion" owners in order to be pay for a £2.5 billion NHS recruitment drive.
The speech was widely panned by commentators on Twitter, with Independent columnist Steve Richards calling it "poorly structured". "All the stories about people he has met should have hit cutting floor," he added.
Ed M speech- 'together' theme is smart, but speech poorly structured and all the stories about people he has met shd have hit cutting floor.— steve richards (@steverichards14) September 23, 2014
Times columnist Tim Montgomerie said it was a "totally dishonest speech", concluding: "Labour Party unprepared for power. Necessary cuts would tear it apart if it wins."
The Spectator's political editor James Forsyth said that the speech "needed tightening", adding that it would have been "a lot better if it hadn’t been for Scotland absorbing all Labour’s energies in past month."
Suspect speech wld have been a lot better if it hadn’t been for Scotland absorbing all Labour’s energies in past month. It needed tightening— James Forsyth (@JGForsyth) September 23, 2014
How did the Labour leader's speech go down with his colleagues and fellow Labourites? Unsurprisingly rather well. HuffPostUK asked seven of them for their verdicts.