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The Sun slams Ed Miliband for picture apology

By Angela Haggerty | Reporter

June 15, 2014 | 3 min read

The Sun newspaper has slammed Labour leader Ed Miliband in an editorial column after he apologised for any offence caused by a recent picture posing with the paper.

Controversy: Ed Miliband's picture with the Sun

Earlier in the week, Miliband was pictured holding the Sun’s free World Cup special which was delivered to homes in England. However, following a furious backlash from Hillsborough campaigners the Labour leader apologised for causing offence, prompting the Sun to take issue with him directly in its pages.

In an editorial headlined ‘Sorry excuse’, the Sun said: “We’ve a question for Ed Miliband. What, exactly, is there to apologise for about having your picture taken holding our special England issue?

“Our free publication – sent to 22 million homes – is a celebration of England and Englishness, and of the values of print and newspapers. It’s also a significant contribution to the economy – which help create jobs. Jobs for people who vote in elections (hint, hint).

“But Ed Miliband seems to think that’s something to apologise for. David Cameron and Nick Clegg also posed with a copy. They won’t be apologising for joining us in celebrating England.”

The paper added: “It makes you wonder how Ed Miliband think he is going to persuade English voters to put him into No 10.”

The Sun distributed around 22 million free copies of its World Cup 2014 edition.

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