Former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott has told ITV News he thinks the police should question a man who threw eggs at Labour leader Ed Miliband in south London today.
But Lord Prescott has insisted there needs to be a clear message that it is "unacceptable for public people or individuals to be assaulted simply for publicity".
The man who pelted Labour leader Ed Miliband with eggs during a walkabout in a market in south London today said he was protesting against "all the politicians' corrupt policies against homelessness."
Speaking to Channel 4 News Presenter Cathy Newman shortly after the incident, Dean Porter said:
"He is part of the problem. He has not represented the poor enough, just like any other politician, he is representing banks."
Mr Porter, who said he had not voted since 1997, joked that the only thing that would make him vote for Labour again would be if David Miliband was leader.
The Metropolitan police has told ITV News it will not be making any arrests after Ed Miliband was egged earlier today.
A police spokesperson said the Labour leader "did not wish to take the matter any further."
I can confirm that officers were made aware of the incident at East Street market this afternoon.
No police officers were there at the time, an officer did attend however Mr Miliband had left by then.
We have since been informed that Mr Miliband does not want to take the matter any further.
Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has called on the Metropolitan police to interview the man who threw eggs at Labour leader Ed Miliband earlier today.
Writing on Twitter, he said:
A protester who pelted the Labour leader with eggs during a visit to a south London market has told reporters he did it because he thought Ed Miliband "only cared about banks".
Dean Porter said "The Government do nothing. The shadow government do nothing,".
"I don't believe him at all. If you are poor, you are considered a burden. All they care about is the banks."
Ed Miliband has thanked his supporters who assisted him during a campaign visit to a south London market, where he was attacked with eggs by a protester.
Thanks to all at East St Market for the warm welcome today. Can recommend it for easy availability of eggs.
Video footage of the moment Ed Miliband was pelted with eggs in a south London market shows the Labour leader's security guards trying to shelter him from the attack. Several members of the press were also covered in egg.
The Labour Leader Ed Miliband has made light of the fact he was pelted with eggs during a visit to a south London market.
"This is not the first time it's happened to me, I'm sure it's not the last," he said. "I'm always looking for new ways to connect with the voters."
The Labour Leader Ed Miliband has been pelted with eggs during a visit to a market in south London.
Security staff detained his assailant and bundled him to the floor.
A reporter and a cameraman were hit by the flying eggs.
Mr Miliband quickly removed his jacket and handed it to an aide before continuing his tour of the market.