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Miliband addresses Miners' Gala

Ed Miliband has become the first Labour leader since Neil Kinnock to address the traditional Durham Miners' Gala, billed as the largest remaining working class demonstration in the country.

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Miliband 'proud' to address Durham Miners' Gala

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.

I am proud to follow in their footsteps. I am proud to be here today.

The stakes are so high in this country. If you are someone who is looking for work, whose living standards have been squeezed, or someone worried about the NHS you're not thinking why's Ed Miliband going to the Durham Miners' Gala, you are thinking what can Ed Miliband do for me.

– Labour leader Ed Miliband

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