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Danczuk: 'The public have made their minds up on Ed'

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk says the Labour party had the "wrong personalities" leading their election campaign.

In an interview with ITV Granada he said the public have made their minds up on Ed Miliband.

Danczuk hints at Miliband stepping down as party leader

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk has told Sky News that he understands Ed Miliband will be stepping down as Labour leader.

Simon Danczuk MP Credit: Press Association

During an interview he said:

"I'm not suggesting everything is tickety-boo - quite the contrary, it's not been a good night for the Labour Party, there is no doubt about that. I don't believe it is a good night for the vast majority of people in the United Kingdom because I think they would have been better served by a Labour government. It's interesting times in which we find ourselves, politically, and what Labour now has to do is examine what went wrong with the election campaign, how we can get it right, how we can appeal to the electorate, whatever policies we need to talk more about. I understand Ed Miliband is going to announce he is standing down so yes, we will move towards a leadership election. I think that should be welcomed and it will be interesting to see who puts themselves forward."

– Simon Danczuk MP


VIDEO: Miliband calls Cameron's Downing Street address an "unprecedented attack"

Labour leader Ed Miliband has described David Cameron's reference to him in a speech in Downing Street yesterday as an "unprecedented attack".

After returning from Buckingham Palace, the Prime Minister told the gathering press "in 38 days’ time you face a stark choice. The next prime minister walking through that door will be me or Ed Miliband."

Speaking to Granada Reports on the first full day of campaigning, the Labour leader said he expected Mr Cameron to "attack" him throughout the campaign.

Calls for an apology after Miliband poses with The Sun

Ed Miliband Credit: PA

A rows broken out in Liverpool after Ed Miliband posed with a copy of The Sun newspaper. There's still widespread anger there over the paper's reporting of the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989.

It's understood Mr Miliband said he was showing support for England's bid for the World Cup, headlined in the paper. The campaign sparked controversy after postal workers refused to deliver the special edition to homes across the area.