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Ed Miliband visits Gloucester Road in Bristol but party rifts emerge

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 03, 2014

Ed Miliband chooses some flowers during his visit to Gloucester Road in Bristol yesterday - though it may take more than that to heal a rift opened in Torquay after GMB secretary Paul Raybould launched an attack on the "Armani suit-clad" leadership

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Labour leader Ed Miliband took to the streets of Bristol yesterday, posed for photographs with teenagers and bought a cheap bunch of flowers for his wife.

He bought the £5.95 spray of roses from The Flower Shop in Gloucester Road during a walkabout in the street, talking to shoppers and traders.

Mr Miliband visited a fish shop, a patisserie, fruit and veg shop, beauty salon and a toy shop. He said later: "I think that what I get most from meeting people in the street is a sense of what they are feeling."

Mr Miliband said he would definitely scrap the bedroom tax if Labour win in 2015. Meanwhile the reaction to Mr Miliband further into the West Country was less positive, with one lifelong trade unionist resigning from the Labour party and branding colleagues "clones in Armani suits" after being overlooked as a candidate for a local elections.

Paul Raybould, secretary of the GMB union in Torbay, used the snub to launch a stinging attack on Mr Miliband and his party, declaring it a "Blairite, middle class-focused entity".

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  • StanStill  |  May 04 2014, 6:41PM

    Nasal Ed, as thick as two short planks.

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