Ed Miliband used talks with French president Francois Hollande to lobby for the Tour de France cycle race to come to Yorkshire. And the Doncaster North MP said that the president "seemed supportive of the idea" when he raised it during talks in Paris.
Mr Miliband's visit came just days after British cyclist Bradley Wiggins completed his epic victory in the sport's most prominent contest, sparking a massive boost in interest in cycling in the UK. Yorkshire is bidding to host the first two stages - known as Le Grand Depart - of the Tour in 2016.
The Yorkshire stages would run through cities and beauty spots including Leeds, York, Hull, Sheffield, Scarborough and the Yorkshire Dales. "I mentioned Bradley Wiggins' triumph and told the president about the bid being put forward by Yorkshire to host the initial two stages, " said Mr Miliband.
"He said the Tour de France had gone through his constituency and I said I was looking forward to it hopefully going through mine. He seemed supportive of the idea. I know it is not a decision for him, but it would be a great thing for it to come to Yorkshire."
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The Labour Leader Ed Miliband has been in Bradford today to meet the city's Muslim communities following his party's shock defeat in the Bradford West by-election.
Mr Miliband was the guest speaker at the launch of the Bradford Circle set up by the Muslim Women's Council.
The initiative hopes to encourage Muslim women to regularly debate key and controversial issues with political, community and business leaders.
For those wondering about egg's origins, fairly sure it wasn't free range but nothing can take away from cracking result in Southampton...
Ed Miliband was egged during a walkabout in Southampton.
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Labour leader and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband was hit with an egg during a walkabout in Southampton today. The politician was giving a TV interview when a man in a hat came through the throng and slapped the egg on to his shoulder.
The Labour leader and Doncaster North MP was hit by the egg in Southampton.
Labour leader Ed Miliband was hit with an egg during a walkabout in Southampton today. The politician was giving a TV interview when a man in a hat came through the throng and slapped the egg on to his shoulder.
The egg broke on to Mr Miliband's jacket, which he quickly removed and gave to an aide as the man ran off down the street. He finished the interview in just a shirt and tie, made an exit and went back to his car.
Labour leader Ed Miliband was hit by an egg during a post-election walkabout in Southampton.