Labour leader Ed Miliband urged voters today to use this week's local elections to deliver a damning verdict on the coalition Government's first 12 months in office.
The Opposition leader, who joined local party activists to canvass on doorsteps in Nottinghamshire, said voters had the opportunity to send a message to Downing Street about the future direction of Britain.
After taking part in a game of cricket with youngsters and their families attending May Day celebrations in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Mr Miliband stressed that Thursday's local elections were of crucial importance on a national level.
Addressing a crowd of Labour supporters gathered on parkland in the town, the party leader said: "These elections are an important opportunity to send a message across this country - and to send a message about a Government that doesn't have a mandate for many of the things that they're doing.
"Voters at the last election didn't vote for the changes to the NHS, which weren't in any party's manifesto, least of all the Liberal Democrats' or the Conservatives'.
"They didn't vote for the trebling of tuition fees that we are seeing and they didn't vote for the cuts that we are seeing - the cuts that are too far and too fast and are bad for the economy."
Mr Miliband added that this week's polls were "not any old elections" and would define the future direction of the country.
"Many people - I know from going around the country - are unhappy with the direction of this country," he told the crowd.
"I urge people to go out there to send a message to this Government without a mandate for many of the things that they are doing - to send a message to David Cameron and Nick Clegg to say they need to change direction."Reuse content