FOREIGN Secretary David Miliband insists he does not wish to replace Gordon Brown as Labour leader.

According to a poll at the weekend, 45 per cent of voters believe he should take the party reins if Mr Brown is ousted.

The Leader spoke exclusively to Mr Miliband as he canvassed voters on the Bryn Offa estate in Wrexham who said that his main focus was for Labour to win the General Election.

“We have already chosen our leader,” said Mr Miliband.

“We have got a strong leader. We just want to win the election and our minds are only focused on that.”

Mr Miliband spoke to residents on the estate off Ruthin Road.

Among them was Robert Brownlie, who said it was nice to see a prominent political figure on the estate. “I’m a Labour supporter and I genuinely believe we are doing a good job,” he said.

“But I have told Mr Miliband and (Wrexham Labour candidate) Ian Lucas that maybe we are not taking advantage of the fact that Cameron is a one-man band.”

Michael Gill was another resident who spoke to Mr Miliband and Mr Lucas.

He said: “Labour used to be for the working class but now it’s not. They come here with their points of view, but do not seem to answer questions.”

Mr Miliband told the Leader: “I want to get across the positive Labour message with jobs, education and health.

“The big issues are around crime and immigration.

“Wrexham has a fantastic candidate in Ian Lucas.

“I believe in fairness – delivering on the minimum wage and pensions. There is still a lot of work to do.

“I think there are a lot of undecided voters out there.”

Meanwhile, Sir Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, was due to take questions from students at Glyndwr University last night.