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2 October 2013

Labour source: party has won 200 new members since Daily Mail row

The party tells The Staggers that 15,000 people have also signed Miliband's "call for decency in British politics".

By George Eaton

In a sign of the chord that Ed Miliband’s defence of his father against the Daily Mail has struck with the public, a Labour source has told The Staggers that the party has attracted 200 new members since Miliband’s email on the subject went out at 5pm yesterday. In addition, more than 15,000 people have signed his “call for decency in British politics“.

Last night, after Daily Mail deputy editor Jon Steafel conceded that it may have been an “error of judgement” to feature a picture of Ralph Miliband’s grave with the accompanying pun “a grave socialist”, the party repeated its call for the paper to apologise. A spokesman said: “The deputy editor of the Daily Mail tonight admitted that it was an “error of judgement” to publish a picture of Ralph Miliband’s grave accompanied by a crude pun. The newspaper should now apologise.

“We continue to believe that the article headlined “the man who hated Britain” and a subsequent article which described Ralph Miliband’s legacy as “evil” were smears. The deputy editor of the Daily Mail showed tonight he could not justify either of them”

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