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Miliband furious at Mail jibes about dad.

THE war of words between Ed Miliband and the Daily Mail continued last night after the Labour leader said he was "furious" at a newspaper profile of his late father which claimed he "hated Britain".

Mr Miliband stepped up his feud with the Daily Mail, saying he was "appalled" at the essay on his Marxist academic father and there were "boundaries" about what should be in newspapers.

He wrote a piece defending his father in the newspaper, but it was published alongside the reprinted essay on Ralph Miliband and a leader column attacking the "tetchy and menacing" response from the leader of the Opposition.

The Daily Mail said it stood by "every word" of its profile of Mr Miliband's father, who came to Britain as a Jewish refugee and served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War before becoming an academic supporting what the newspaper called "one of the world's most poisonous political doctrines".

The Daily Mail also hit out at Mr Miliband's support for statutory regulation of the press "under which politicians could ultimately decide what appears in newspapers".

In an interview with the BBC, Mr Miliband said: "It's perfectly legitimate for the Daily Mail to talk about my father's politics but when they say that he hated Britain I was not willing to put up with that because my father loved Britain, my father served in the Royal Navy, he was a refugee...who found security in this country.

"He took great comfort from what this country offered him. I was appalled when I read the Daily Mail on Saturday and saw them saying that he hated Britain. It's a lie.

"I'm even more appalled that they repeated that lie today and have gone further and described my father's legacy as 'evil'. I was not willing to let that stand."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 2, 2013
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