Miliband wants 'election on cost of living not smears'

Ed Miliband said the recent row between him and the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday "certainly hasn’t improved our relationship", in an interview with the Labour List website.

I did face a choice but I decided I couldn’t remain quiet and hope it goes away in the way politicians are supposed to do[...]

It’s important for me to say this though – I want this next election to be about the cost of living not about smears on my late father.

That is why I chose to speak out now because the British people need a debate about the issues which matter to them and that won’t be possible if this kind of character assassination of people’s families continues.

Of course I expect criticism and I’m used to being attacked by the Mail and other newspapers.

– Labour leader Ed Miliband