Miliband's 5 easy steps to power

Labour leader Ed Miliband has laid out his "five easy steps" to winning the next general election as he claimed the party had the "wind in its sails".

Mr Miliband said his new project would outlive him as leader and probably the party's next chief as well, as he warned activists to remain sober in its efforts to regain power in 2015.

The Labour leader said he suffered a "big trauma" in 1992 when then leader Neil Kinnock lost out to Tory Prime Minister John Major in the general election.

He said the party had to change the country as Margaret Thatcher had done back in the 1980s as he urged young delegates to remain "disciplined and united" while taking "the fight to the Tories".

Speaking at a Young Labour event at the Labour party conference in Manchester, he said: "The really important thing to say is that the reason we have put ourselves in the place that we have is because we have remained united as a party.

"History is an ugly thing when it comes to Labour in opposition. We are bucking the trend. Two years in, half way through, I would say the job is half done. We have got to be sober about this."

He added: "But here is the next two and a half years and you are incredibly important to this and this is five easy steps to general election victory.

"First easy step is: stay united, disciplined and united. That is absolutely imperative for us as a party and I know we will. Secondly, keep taking the fight to the Tories and Lib Dems.

"Thirdly, show people how we are going to change the country. That's what we have done this week. Fourthly, we show how we how we are going to change this country profoundly.

"Final thing, spirit of the country. Incredibly important. Somebody said in shadow cabinet a few months ago that we talk about programmes and policies but we don't talk about the spirit of the country."