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Labour’s Stoke candidate has a change of heart over Ed Miliband

As part of Labour’s last-ditch effort to hold onto Stoke-on-Trent Central in Thursday’s by-election, Ed Miliband headed north on Monday to help the party’s candidate Gareth Snell campaign. Although Snell has made a number of questionable comments about women on Twitter, the former Labour leader didn’t seem to mind as he posed for pictures on the campaign trail.

Only Mr S can’t help but wonder if Snell was being genuine when he said it was ‘fantastic’ to welcome Miliband to his neighbourhood. Back when Miliband was running for leader, Snell was less than pleased with his efforts and tweeted criticism at him — questioning why Miliband was calling for a living wage from the opposition benches when nothing had been done when Labour were in power.

Should Snell manage to win the seat, he will have to get used to the limits of opposition.

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