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Ed Miliband Is Egged On Campaign Visit
Ed Miliband has been pelted with eggs on his first public appearance in weeks as he attempted to reboot the Labour party.
The Labour leader was campaigning in London when a volley of eggs was thrown at his back.
At least one hit the politician on the head and jacket as he visited East Street market in Walworth, south London.
The egg thrower, who gave his name as Dean Porter, said it was an "opportunistic moment" as he was led away by security.
"They should stop giving favouritism to the banks. They do nothing. The Government do nothing. The shadow government do nothing," he said.
"I don't believe him at all. If you are poor, you are considered a burden. All they care about is the banks."
An aide hurriedly removed Mr Miliband's jacket and he continued his tour, chatting to shoppers and stallholders apparently unperturbed.
"This is not the first time it's happened to me, I'm sure it's not the last," he said. "I'm always looking for new ways to connect with the voters."
Mr Porter had earlier written on Twitter: "Watch the news tonight. I suspect I might be on it."
He later wrote: "I tried to egg Ed Milliband as he came down to East Street in southwark, watching the news to see if its on."
Minutes later, he sent a message to the Prime Minister saying: "@David_Cameron hi pleb, can you come to East Street Market so I can egg you like I've egged your chum @Ed_Miliband lol."
He also wrote: "I got the b*****!!! Lol."
The incident distracted from the Labour leader's attempts to galvanise his party after a difficult summer and attack the coalition over the cost of living.
Senior figures have questioned the shadow cabinet's "deafening silence" and warned the party must "shout louder" or face electoral defeat in 2015.
The jitters have been compounded by a rise in Tory fortunes thanks to a string of data suggesting the British economy is at last turning the corner.
New figures on Wednesday showed unemployment fell by 4,000 between April and June and average earnings rose by 2.1% in the year to June.
On Tuesday, data revealed inflation fell to 2.8% in July and house prices rose by 3.1% in June and last month growth of 0.6% was given for the second quarter.
Mr Miliband dismissed the criticism from within Labour's ranks and flatly rejected shadow health secretary Andy Burnham's warning the party's message was not getting through.
He insisted he was addressing voters' concerns about the "cost of living crisis" and offering a "comprehensive alternative" to the coalition on the economy.
"What we are doing as a Labour Party is setting out how we would change the country," he said.
"Just take this area of the cost of living crisis. Have Labour got answers? Absolutely we have got answers on rail fares, on energy prices, on a fairer tax system.
"They are all the things I believe the country wants and that is what we are going to be talking about in the coming months."