Howzat! Labour leader visits Kirkby festival

NMAC11-1164-3  Labour Leader Ed Milliband hits out during a game of cricket on the campaign trail in Kirkby on Monday
NMAC11-1164-3 Labour Leader Ed Milliband hits out during a game of cricket on the campaign trail in Kirkby on Monday
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LABOUR leader Ed Milliband dropped in at the May Day Festival at Kirkby’s Kingsway Park on Monday for a game of cricket - and then urged voters at Thursday’s local elections not to be stumped when it came to placing their X at the ballot box.

Mr Milliband, invited to the district by Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero, chatted to visitors to the festival, enjoyed the offer of a chip from local youngster Jacob Best (10) and then joined in a game of cricket involving Ashfield families.

NMAC11-1164-1  Labour Leader Ed Milliband picks a chip from 10 year old Jacob Best while on the campaign trail in Kirkby on Monday

NMAC11-1164-1 Labour Leader Ed Milliband picks a chip from 10 year old Jacob Best while on the campaign trail in Kirkby on Monday

After mingling with the visitors - and buying a badge at the RSPB stall from Mansfield Group leader John Barlow - the Labour supremo spoke to party workers and candidates, as well as canvassing on the doorsteps.

He said: “These elections are an important opportunity to send a message across this country - and to send a message about a Government that doesn’t have a mandate for many of the things that they’re doing.”

Mr Milliband added that this Thursday was not ‘any old election’, saying: “From going around the country I know that many people are unhappy with the direction of this country.

See this week’s Chad, out on Wednesday, for full report and photographs.