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10 March 2015

Justine Thornton responds to attacks on Ed Miliband: “It’s going to get worse“

Justine Thornton, Ed Miliband's wife, has given an interview with BBC News in which she says that the attacks on her husband will intensify in the campaign's final weeks.

By Stephen Bush

Justine Thornton has told the BBC’s James Landale that the attacks on her husband will intensify in the final weeks of the campaign. Asked about the attacks on Miliband, she said:

“I think it’s going to get worse, I think over the next couple of months it’s going to get really vicious, really personal, but I’m totally up for this fight.”

With the polls narrowing – the May2015 poll of polls now shows a slender Conservative lead – and the election too close to call it’s widely feared within Labour that the personal attacks on Miliband will only increase as the campaign enters its final two months.

Ms Thornton also revealed that her husband’s biggest regret about leading Labour is “not seeing the children enough or worrying he doesn’t see the children as much as he’d like”. To help Daniel (6) and Samuel (4) understand their father’s job, they have explained that Miliband leads “the red team” and  “there’s quite a lot of chats about what the red team’s doing and who the red team’s helping.”

 

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