ED MILIBAND should tell MPs his thoughts on The Sun’s World Cup special edition after he apologised for posing with it, the Commons heard yesterday.
The Labour leader faced accusations he had failed to take account of continued anger over The Sun’s coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster by taking part in the publicity stunt.
The newspaper distributed millions of copies of the special edition free to mark the start of the England football team’s World Cup campaign.
Mr Miliband, Prime Minister David Cameron and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg all posed for separate photos for the newspaper, although the Labour leader later apologised for causing offence.
Conservative MP Christopher Pincher (Tamworth) asked Commons leader Mr Lansley: “As the England football team continues their quest for glory, supported as we know by The Sun, will you make time for a debate on the controversy surrounding that newspaper’s free circular, because that will give an opportunity to (Mr Miliband) to speak and also those Labour members who went in delegation to him to complain, which may have included (shadow Commons leader Angela Eagle) to put their views on the record?”
Ms Eagle represents the Merseyside constituency of Wallasey.
Mr Lansley replied to Mr Pincher: “I’m very happy to join with you... in extending our very best wishes to the England team as they take on Uruguay this evening. I’ll be rooting for them.”
He noted Ms Eagle, who usually makes jokes as she asks questions to Mr Lansley during their weekly Commons clash, did not “poke fun” at Mr Miliband.
His comments came the Labour leader insisted he can “defy the odds” and win next year’s general election, despite a poll suggesting that as many as 60 per cent of voters think he is not up to the job of being prime minister.
Mr Miliband acknowledged he had a “tough fight” to return Labour to power.