Labour leader jeered at TUC

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UNION lead­ers jeered Ed Miliband and called him an ‘ar­se­hole’ yes­ter­day af­ter the Labour leader again re­fused to back strike ac­tion against pen­sion re­form.

The Labour boss looked shocked at the venom that was di­rected at him from the floor of the TUC con­fer­ence in Lon­don.

At one point Miliband vis­i­bly flinched as one del­e­gate yelled: ‘AR­SE­HOLE!’

Pub­lic sec­tor unions are bat­tling to keep gold-plated pen­sion rights for mem­bers in the face of spend­ing cuts.

Miliband told the rest­less union ac­tivists he un­der­stood why they felt an­gry, but said it was a ‘mis­take’ to strike while talks were go­ing on.

In his speech, Mr Miliband stressed the strength of the link be­tween Labour and the trade unions, who cur­rently pro­vide 80% of its fund­ing.

To heck­ling from some in the au­di­ence at Congress House he said: “I fully un­der­stand why mil­lions of de­cent pub­lic sec­tor work­ers feel an­gry.


“But while ne­go­ti­a­tions were go­ing on, I do be­lieve it was a mis­take for strikes to hap­pen.

“I con­tinue to be­lieve that.

“But what we need now is mean­ing­ful ne­go­ti­a­tion to pre­vent fur­ther con­fronta­tion over the au­tumn.”

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