In a carefully orchestrated media event outside the back door of the Red Lion Newark today, Labour leader Ed Miliband was caught red-handed enjoying a secret fag. “It's a fair cop, guys,” joked the Labour leader as he stubbed out his roll-up and wrapped his lips around a frothy pint of real ale.
With the European elections fast approaching and UKIP riding high in the polls, Mr Miliband appeared red-faced as a throng of journalists and TV cameras suddenly appeared out of absolutely nowhere. Putting his hands up immediately and releasing a well-rehearsed blokeish cackle reminiscent of Mr Farage, he gravely confessed to having kept his thirty a day smoking habit a secret since he was a schoolboy.
“I also drink three or four pints a day,” he added as he bounced buxom barmaid Rita Maloney up and down on his knee.