Labour leader defends late father in newspaper
LONDON (AP) - A war of words between Britain's Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and the conservative Daily Mail newspaper has moved beyond politics into more personal territory with a blistering attack on Mr Miliband's late father.
In a blaring headline over the weekend the newspaper called Ralph Miliband "The man who hated Britain" and warned that everyone who loves the country should be disturbed by his beliefs since they are having such an influence on his son.
It accuses Ed Miliband of embracing socialism as a way to pay tribute to the philosophy of his father, a prominent left-wing academic.
Ed Miliband on Tuesday responded by writing a column in the newspaper asserting that his father had loved Britain and fought for it on the shores of Normandy on D-Day during World War II. He said the Daily Mail had been grossly unfair to his father, who died in 1994.