Miliband reaches out to Lib Dems

ED Miliband signalled his willingness to work with the Lib Dems in opposition to spending cuts, saying he wants to form a “big tent” of protestors.

The Labour leader, buoyant after his party’s victory in the Oldham by-election, said he is working with the Lib Dems’ deputy leader Simon Hughes to come up with ways to save grants for poor students. Hughes is said to have distanced himself from Miliband.

Miliband also admitted he takes advice from his predecessor Gordon Brown but said the former Prime Minister made mistakes.