Miliband waiting for 'divine inspiration through ether'

Labour leader Ed Miliband. Credit: PA Wire

Ed Miliband is waiting for a "phone call from Unite or divine inspiration through the ether" before deciding whether he backs a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, William Hague said.

The Foreign Secretary taunted the Labour leader for not attending the Commons debate in a week when his general election co-ordinator Tom Watson resigned over the party's controversial links with the Unite union.

In a resignation letter Mr Watson praised Mr Miliband for his "Buddha-like qualities".

Mr Hague said: "The leader of the opposition isn't even here, presumably he is sitting somewhere wondering whether his instructions will come in a phone call from Unite or divine inspiration through the ether, because there is no other way in which he is able to decide on this Bill."

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