Miliband to join Labour's Eastleigh by-election charge

Ed Miliband will join Labour's Eastleigh by-election campaign today with a challenge to the Liberal Democrats to back his plans for a "mansion tax" in a Commons vote.

The Opposition leader is travelling to the Hampshire town where the Lib Dems are engaged in a fierce battle to prevent their Tory coalition partners snatching the seat.

Ed Miliband is to join the Eastleigh campaign today.
Ed Miliband is to join the Eastleigh campaign today. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Labour is hoping for a good showing in the contest sparked by the resignation in disgrace of ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne after he admitted dodging a speeding penalty.

But despite recruiting best-selling author and satirist John O'Farrell as its candidate, insiders acknowledge it has no realistic chance of winning on February 28.

Mr Miliband will use his visit in a bid to capitalise on his surprise announcement yesterday that Labour favoured reviving the 10p income tax rate.

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Miliband promotes 'mansion tax'

Ed Miliband insisted that Labour was the "only alternative" to the coalition Government as he joined his by-election campaigners in Eastleigh.