ED MILIBAND has apologised after Labour figures in Liverpool expressed anger at his decision to pose with a copy of The Sun.
The party leader was photographed with a special edition being distributed free to mark the start of the England football team’s World Cup campaign.
“Ed Miliband was promoting England’s bid to win the World Cup and is proud to do so,” a spokesman said. “But he understands the anger that is felt towards The Sun over Hillsborough by many people and he is sorry to those who feel offended.”
But Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram and city mayor Joe Anderson accused Mr Miliband of failing to take account of continuing fury over the tabloid’s coverage of the 1989 disaster.
He said: “For the leader of the Labour Party to make such an offensive gesture insults not only me but every person in the city. This is just another example of how out of touch the politicians in their ivory towers are.” All the main party leaders have been pictured with the special edition of The Sun. Liberal democrat peer Lord Storey, a former mayor and leader of Liverpool City Council, urged Nick Clegg to issue an apology.
The Hillsborough Family Support Group’s chairwoman, Margaret Aspinall, claimed Mr Miliband’s apology was “a bit late” but criticised all the party leaders, and said “common sense should have prevailed”.
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