Daily Poll on Miliband speech

Labour party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates during the Labour Party conference at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Labour party leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech to delegates during the Labour Party conference at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

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LABOUR leader Ed Miliband today said he did not "give a damn" about jibes about his appearance and voice, but what do you think of him?

He insisted that he believed voters would judge him on the substance of his arguments, not on whether they found him "weird".

Since becoming Labour leader a year ago, Mr Miliband has faced a constant stream of comments about his image, with widespread speculation that an operation on his nose was intended to make his voice less nasal.

During an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning, he was asked directly whether he was concerned he might be unelectable because too many voters regarded him as "weird".

"Other people make their own judgments," replied Mr Miliband. "I think I'm a pretty normal guy. It's in the eye of the beholder.

"I don't give a damn about that. The times are too serious, the issues are too grave, for us to say it is not about substance.

"It is about substance. It is absolutely about substance. The problems our country faces are so serious that substance matters, and I have got an old-fashioned view - substance wins out."