John Prescott has attacked the "outrageous" and "pernicious" Daily Mail article claiming Ed Miliband's father "hated Britain".
The former deputy prime minister told ITV News: "Do bear in mind his father fled from Europe to fight the fascists, joined the Royal Navy, and at that time Viscount Rothermere - who owned the Daily Mail - was actually writing in support of the fascist Blackshirts.
"Would I then follow the same rule and blame Mr Dacre, the [Mail] editor, for the views of the owner? No I wouldn't, and that's what is so wrong. It's hypocrisy. "