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    You have to question why he chose Shirley and how good the Security was.
    And what is the problem with Shirley? I hate the misconception of Shirley as being full off down and outs and a rough place. I live in Shirley for 35 years and could count on one hand the amount of time I've seen any trouble. Shirley is a large shopping area, second only to the city centre so attracts a lot of people to it. The majority of these people probably don't even live in Shirley. Shirley contains a very large percentage of the voting public as it is a large area. So why don't you stop Shirley bashing and get your head out of the sand?
    No I wasn't criticising Shirley, just wondering why it was selected or was it Mark Chaloners ward that was chosen?
    If you not realise why Shirley just look who is in the picture, the Councillor you see is being groom to step into WhiteHead shoes.
    More to the point why was it kept quiet he was coming back down to southampton for the 3 time, and the people that attended are those from the Labour Party only.
    We only knew about the visit on Thursday night. He obviously came down to Southampton because of the great success of the Labour Party locally.
    When is your leader coming down to celebrate TUSC's success in reaching more than double figures.
    Dave who knows when he coming down but there will be pleanty of time so any body who wants to know can turn up and ask questions
    Pete, Would the right question be asking the Labour party not to stand in the Redbridge ward?
    Thats down to Labour where they stand (The TUSC is not going to do a Labour Party and send some one to ask them to stand down in certain wards, like the Labour Party did to the TUSC), they thrown there best at me in Redbridge and it has not work, they never broke my vote, and next stage for me is start stepping the pressure up. This ward is winnable for the TUSC.
    The point is Pete you agreed to do exactly that, on the condition that Labour didn't stand against you in Redbridge.

    You obviously thought that without Labour standing in Redbridge you would win, which is why you asked them not to stand, they refused your request and won anyway plus the seats in other wards."
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Labour leader Ed Miliband egged on visit to Southampton

Labour leader Ed Miliband after being egged

Labour leader Ed Miliband after being egged

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

HE came to celebrate a cracking election win which had left Labour’s Tory opponents in Southampton with egg on their faces.

And Ed Miliband was last night insisting the yolk was on the Conservatives, even after being egged after addressing triumphant supporters in Shirley High Street.

The Labour Party leader was in Southampton just hours after his party dramatically swept back into power in the city.

He told assembled supporters the result proved their party is back on track in southern England after years in the local government wilderness.

But as the senior politician was giving media interviews after his public address, he was approached by a man in a black hat who firmly planted his hand on his right shoulder with a telltale splat.

As the man quickly ran off down the road, a bemused Mr Miliband looked down to see bright yellow yolk dripping down his suit.

An aide swiftly intervened to take off the jacket and the Leader of the Opposition laughed it off before continuing his interview in shirt and tie.

Shortly afterwards, he ended his talk and immediately headed to a waiting car.

But the 42-year-old was keen to remain light-hearted about the incident, and last night posted on his Twitter site: “For those wondering about egg’s origins, fairly sure it wasn’t free range, but nothing can take away from cracking result in Southampton.”

Speaking before the egg attack, Mr Miliband had described Cllr Richard Williams as a “fantastic” leader of Southampton's Labour Party. He pledged to repay the voters’ trust by working on the issues that matter most to people: jobs, housing and public services.

Mr Miliband said: “The reason why we won in Southampton is because we have been running a campaign about people's priorities.

“A campaign which Richard has led around jobs, around housing, around public services and around the things that matter to people.

“Here in Southampton, it's a rejection of the economic failure of this Government and the unfairness of this Government.

“People are understanding Labour understands the struggles you are going through. Labour is back in the south of England. Labour will keep these promises.”

Cllr Williams said he was delighted his party leader had chosen the city to celebrate Labour’s local election gains.

He said: “He’s been remarkably positive throughout the campaign, and it’s not just been his physical presence here. What he wants to do with the party is connect with people, and that’s what we’re trying to do down here, and that’s how we will make a difference.”

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