07/10/2014 07:35 BST | Updated 07/10/2014 08:59 BST

7 Reasons Why Ed Miliband Is On Course For Victory In 2015

Ed Miliband, leader of Britain's opposition party, the Labour Party delivers a speech on the economy at the University of London, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Ed Miliband is promising a "reckoning" with the banks if Labour wins the next election. The big five high street banks will be forced to give up "significant" numbers of branches to make way for new competitors. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

There are plenty of people who think Ed Miliband will not win the next general election. He's too weird and too nasal, they say. He's not prime ministerial enough, they charge.

And after forgetting to mention the deficit in his recent conference speech, Miliband has also been shaken by a steady stream of criticism over his policies - especially around his flagship mansion tax pledge.

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So, can Miliband actually win come 2015? Here are seven reasons why - contrary to conventional wisdom - the Labour leader should be optimistic about his prospects for victory next May.

7 Reasons Why Ed Miliband Should Be Happy About 2015