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.


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.