Ed Miliband has admitted neglecting Ed Balls and his wife Yvette Cooper during their annual summer holiday in Carlisle after the two Labour politicians were left alone in the child-locked cab of a campervan on the hottest day of the year while the Labour leader visited the local shops.
Cumbria Police said the couple, both in their forties, raised the alarm by sounding the horn in temperatures as high as 40°C. Mr Miliband had thought he would only be a short while in Cash Converters but was gone for 45 minutes after joining an unexpectedly large queue, Carlisle Magistrates' Court heard.
The hearing was told that on the 29th of July Mr Miliband left the vehicle in Chapel Street with the windows slightly wound down while he went to the store in Lowther Street to cash a cheque.
Pam Ward, prosecuting, said, "A witness said he saw two shadow ministers in the small cab of the campervan. Both were said to be crying, red in the face and distressed." The politicians did not require hospital treatment but were left traumatised by the incident. "Thankfully, the actions of a member of public prevented them from coming to more serious harm," added Pam Ward, although Mr Miliband was said to look disappointed on his return to the vehicle.
Mr Miliband was released after pleading guilty to two counts of neglect. But he has been ordered to complete a one-year community order under the supervision of Cumbria Action Social Support after prior convictions were taken in to account. Thirty years ago he locked older brother David in their garden shed on the day of their school's Debating Society final after initially promising he wouldn't enter.