Labour MP turns on “London elite” Miliband

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ED Miliband is so unpopular he will cost Labour votes, one of his own MPs has admitted.

Simon Danczuk has said Labour is now led by a “liberal elite” from London and that Ed Miliband is seen as “more of a toff than David Cameron” by voters.

The Rochdale MP said Mr Miliband will “cost me votes” on May 7 because of his unpopularity with the electorate, claiming voters would prefer to go for a pint with the Prime Minister than the Labour leader.

Mr Danczuk told the New Statesman: “Any Labour politician that says to you they knock on a door and Ed Miliband is popular are telling lies. It’s just not true.

“I spend four hours knocking on doors on a Sunday - they (constituents) say things like, ‘you’re doing an all right job as MP but I don’t want Ed Miliband as Prime Minister, so I won’t vote for you’. So it’ll cost me votes.

“You get it on the doorstep. If we’re having a straight conversation about this, he (Mr Miliband) has an image of being more of a toff than David Cameron. That’s how the public see it.

“And what they mean by that is that he’s seen as more aloof. They’d prefer to go for a pint with David Cameron than they would with Ed Miliband, that’s the reality of it.”

Mr Danczuk criticised the leadership over the handling of Mr Miliband’s decision to pose with a World Cup edition of The Sun.

And he suggested the party would “undoubtedly” have chosen a different leader in 2010 if it had been aware of the anti-politics mood of the country.

Mr Danczuk later insisted that the comments in the interview did not fully reflect his views.

In a series of Twitter messages he said: “We all have off days. I’d had a very difficult day and was feeling emotional.

“I do not meet anyone on the doorstep who is enthusiastic about David Cameron. I want Ed Miliband in Downing Street.”

Mr Danczuk said: “The wider point, which was what the interview was supposed to be about, still stands.”