He said that a "new generation that understands the call to change" had taken charge of Labour today.
Ed Miliband said: "I am proud of the leadership of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown but we lost the election and lost it badly.
"My message to the country is this - I know we lost trust, I know we lost touch, I know we need to change.
"Today, a new generation has taken charge of Labour - a new generation that understands the call to change."
In a clear indication of his determination to lead Labour back into power, Ed Miliband told delegates: "I believe in Britain. Today's election turns the page, because a new generation has stepped forward to serve our party, and in time I hope to serve our country.
"Today the work of the new generation begins." (2)Okay, nothing of actual substance in there, but he sounds far better than previous outings. This 'new generation' meme might be worth sticking with. It acknowledges debt to the past while moving away from it, echoes the 'New Labour' brand while not simply repeating it, suggests regeneration and re-invigoration, and a cleaning out of the old and tired.
Do you think he might have jotted down some notes before the result was announced?
1 - As described previously on lefthandpalm: http://lefthandpalm.blogspot.com/2010/06/ed-is-dead.html2 - "Ed Miliband elected new leader of Labour Party," by Andrew Woodcock and Joe Churcher, PA. Published in The Independent, 25th of September, 2010. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ed-miliband-elected-new-leader-of-labour-party-2089668.html)