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The Conservative Party co-chairman Baroness Warsi has said that by attending the Durham Miners' Gala, Ed Miliband was cosying up to his "militant, left-wing paymasters".
In response Mr Miliband said:
Labour leader Ed Miliband listed some of the Labour heroes who have spoken before him at past Durham Miners' Galas, including Keir Hardie, Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson and Barbara Castle.
Mr Kinnock was the last Labour leader to attend in 1989, even though Tony Blair's Sedgefield constituency was part of the Durham Coalfield.
Ed Miliband has denied he took an electoral risk by becoming the first Labour leader since Neil Kinnock to address one of the country's most traditional trade union events.
Around 100,000 people were expected to attend the Durham Miners' Gala, also known as The Big Meeting.
Mr Miliband took to the balcony of the County Hotel as Labour leaders of the past have done for decades, watching some of the 80 or so miners' banners and around 50 brass bands parade past.
Afterwards he addressed the large crowd on the old Racecourse, where he hit out at the bankers, Rupert Murdoch and "the rip-off" of Britain's energy companies.
Mr Miliband, who is attending with his family, is expected to use his speech to launch an attack on the "divisive" policies of the Tories in government. He is expected to say:
Ed Miliband will today become the first Labour leader since Neil Kinnock to address the traditional Durham Miners' Gala.
His appearance at the event - billed as the largest remaining working class demonstration in the country - has been warmly welcomed by local trade unionists and party activists.
But the Conservatives said he was "cosying up" to Labour's left-wing union paymasters who secured the leadership for him.
Organisers are expecting a crowd in excess of the 100,000 who attended last year, with trade union members from around the country swelling the numbers at the old Racecourse.