Both the Editor of the Mail on Sunday and the chairman of the group have apologised "unreservedly" for a reporter intruding into a private memorial service for Ed Miliband's uncle. Mr Miliband said the apology did not go far enough.
ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:
The apology comes after the Daily Mail refused to apologise for a story on Mr Miliband's father Ralph, which was printed last weekend. It was this row which led to a Mail on Sunday journalist heading to the private memorial to ask relatives how they felt about the article.
The Labour leader wrote to the Daily Mail Group chairman Lord Rothermere after the it was discovered the journalist had been at the private service in a London hospital and the paper's Editor wrote an apology.
The Mail on Sunday also said that two journalists had been suspended and a full investigation is being undertaken.
– Geordie Greig, Editor of the Mail on Sunday
I unreservedly apologise for a reporter intruding into a private memorial service for a relative of Ed Miliband. The reporter was sent without my knowledge; it was a decision which was wrong. Two journalists have been suspended and a full investigation is now being carried out.
I would further like to apologise to members of the family and friends attending the service for this deplorable intrusion. I have already spoken personally to Ed Miliband and expressed my regret that such a terrible lapse of judgement should have taken place.
It is completely contrary to the values and editorial standards of The Mail on Sunday. I understand that Lord Rothermere is personally writing to Ed Miliband.
The chairman of the Daily Mail group, Lord Rothermere also wrote to apologise for the Mail on Sunday's reporter's behaviour however a Labour party spokesperson slammed the apology saying it did not reflect the larger culture at both the papers and did not address the issues with the original Ralph Miliband article.
– LABOUR PARTY SPOKESMAN
Lord Rothermere has repeated the apology for the behaviour of the Mail on Sunday.
This is an important step.
However, he says he does not believe it reflected the culture and practices of the Mail or Mail on Sunday, and also he does not address the treatment of Ed Miliband’s dad over the last few days.
We continue to believe these issues need addressing and until they do so, many people will continue to believe that these newspapers are not upholding the values and decency of the British people.
Mr Miliband leader gained widespread political support after challenging the Daily Mail's article which branded his father 'the man who hated Britain.'