Labour leader Ed Miliband is to speak at today's annual Miners' Gala in Durham.
He is the first leader to attend the event since Neil Kinnock in 1989. Tensions between the party leadership and the union movement led to John Smith, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to snub the celebration.
The first Labour leader to attend the Durham Miners' Gala in 23 years was welcomed warmly by the crowds in Durham.
Ed Miliband will become the first Labour leader to attend the Durham Miners' Gala since 1989 this weekend.