No Lurch To Left, Vows New Labour Leader Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband insisted today that Labour would not embark on a "lurch to the left" under his leadership and declared that he was his "own man" amid Tory claims he was in the pocket of trade unions.Miliband was cheered on to the stage as he made his first appearance at Labour's annual conference in Manchester since defeating his brother David by the narrowest of margins yesterday in the race to succeed Gordon Brown.Tonight, the new leader summoned his 257 MPs for a private meeting following yesterday's victory.In his first interview as leader, Miliband played down union bosses' post-result claims that their man had been elected after the votes of their members proved crucial in propelling him to victory.