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.
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.