Tony Blair described Ukip's stance on immigration as "unpleasant" as he called on Labour to "fight for change" in Europe but not to leave.
Speaking to ITV News today, the former Prime Minister said that while many communities were struggling, the finger should not be pointed at immigrants, most of whom "work really hard in our country".
Today EU leaders voted to back Jean-Claude Juncker as new president of the very powerful EU commission, which looks like business as usual.
In Essex the potential damage Ukip could do to Miliband's Downing Street elections is clear. He is there listening to voter's concerns.
The EU parliament is about to welcome the most Eurosceptic and right-wing intake in its history.