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."
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