Warsi: Miliband was cosying up to his 'militant, left-wing paymasters'

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:

"When you see people marching past as I did from the balcony of that hotel, a march people have been doing for 140 years, I think that it is not just about politics, it is about the strengths of these communities.

"The idea that the people here are a bunch of militants, as some of my opponents say, is nonsense."

– Labour leader Ed Miliband

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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.