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Ed Miliband is no ladies-man

Labour is the only party for women; that was the message of its conference launch last weekend. Every step towards equality had been made by the red team, it was claimed.

Of course there was no mention of Maggie, the first (and only) female PM. Indeed, the party had to overlook the fact that it has never even elected a female leader. Harriet Harman and Margaret Beckett have both been leader by default, before being replaced by the newly elected male leader.

Speaking of which, Ed Miliband recently had Messrs Rawnsley and Helm of the Observer round to his house in Dartmouth Park for a natter. Katherine Rose, a freelance photographer (pictured, above), was with them. Ed offered the blokes a cuppa, but ignored Ms. Rose. Bit of a boob, you might say. As Greg Whitmore, the Observer’s picture editor, later tweeted: ‘how to lose a woman’s vote’! Ill manners are so revealing of a politician

Mr Steerpike wanted to know what Harriet Harman made of this episode, but she was unavailable for comment. Maybe the dear lady hadn’t been given permission to speak.

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