By seeking to ensure that all jobseekers acquire English and maths skills, the party is tackling one of the long-term causes of unemployment and of low pay.
It would look presumptive to start naming his cabinet before the election and would put him under pressure to guarantee others their jobs.
The Labour leader argued convincingly that the cost-of-living crisis is the direct result of the deep structural faults in the economy.
Shadow chancellor insists "there’s no prospect of an unhappy relationship" but says the Bank of England governor is wrong to oppose a cap on bank bonuses.
By conceding that a large rise would not cost jobs or damage the public finances, Osborne has made it harder for the Tories to credibly oppose a more radical offer from Miliband.
In another no-notes speech, the Labour leader will promise to introduce a cap on banks' market share and to create two new challenger banks.
The introduction of a one-member-one-vote system would dramatically reduce the disproportionate power wielded by MPs.
What is Labour’s strategy for 2015? Rafael Behr sits down with Labour's general election co-ordinator and shadow foreign secretary to find out.
By promising fundamental changes to the economy, the Labour leader can carve out a new coalition which quietly puts to bed the old battle lines of the 1980s.
UKIP trails Labour by six points but, as in 2009, the party is hoping for a late surge in the polls.