07/10/2014 07:34 BST | Updated 07/10/2014 08:59 BST

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

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PURFLEET, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour Party, addresses an audience at 'The Backstage Centre' on May 27, 2014 in Purfleet, England. Mr Miliband spoke on his strategy for rebuilding trust in politics following the local council and European elections which saw a surge in support for the UK Independence Party. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Despite recent criticism over his policies and his botched conference speech, Ed Miliband's supporters are convinced that he has what it takes and is still on course for victory in 2015.

They point to his principles, his integrity and the fact that David Cameron couldn't beat Gordon Brown and win a majority in 2010. The recent Tory lead in the polls, after four years of Labour being ahead, is a mere post-conference bounce, they confidently claim.

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But are they in denial? Here are seven reasons why the Labour leader might find his path to No. 10 blocked next May.

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