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Egg Miliband: Labour leader served yolk in face

FRIED OR SCRAMBLED: Egg Miliband, also known as Ed (PA)

PRIME MINISTER hopeful Ed Miliband did not have a choice over how he liked his eggs on a south London breakfast tour when a man pelted him with one.

The Labour leader tried to laugh off the incident in East Street Market, Walworth, as he wiped yolk and shell off his smart jacket.

“These things happen”, he said after the fateful eggy blow was delivered.

The culprit was caught egg-handed by the market’s security officers.

Miliband, who has faced an uneasy couple of weeks after a growing sense of disquiet about his leadership in the party, carried on despite the egg attack to talk to shoppers.

He was heard saying: “This is not the first time it's happened to me, I'm sure it's not the last.

“I'm always looking for new ways to connect with the voters.”

The egg thrower, who gave his name as Dean Porter, told reporters he acted at an “opportunistic moment”.

He said: “They should stop giving favouritism to the banks. They do nothing. The government do nothing. The shadow government do nothing.

TARGET PRACTICE: The thrower is caught egg-handed (PA)

“I don't believe him at all. If you are poor, you are considered a burden. All they care about is the banks.”

However, apart from throwing eggs, Porter did not comment on what he was doing to help the economy and society.

Recently, Miliband suffered severe criticism from Labour backbencher Geroge Mudie, who complained that his party was not “setting the agenda”.

Other members of the party have spoken out against the perception of silence emanating from Miliband’s leadership style.

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham last week told the Guardian that Labour had to “shout louder” and place its “cards on the table”.

He denied his comments were an attack on Miliband, but were a comment on modern-day politics.

Miliband again demonstrated his peaceful character after this second egg assault – he was egged Southampton last year – in comparison to former deputy prime minister John Prescott punched a man who threw an egg at him in 2001.

Egg dodging is a necessary skill for the politician campaigning in public – David Cameron show he was no master of egg avoidance in 2010 when splattered by yoke in Cornwall.

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