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Poll: 41pc say picking Miliband a 'mistake'

Andrew Atkinson in London

Published 13/06/2011 | 05:00

ED Miliband is struggling to hold on to the support of his UK opposition Labour Party, according to a poll published yesterday.

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The news comes as a new book alleges his narrow victory over brother David for the leadership of the Labour party sparked a bitter feud.

Yesterday a YouGov poll for the 'Sunday Times' newspaper found that 54pc of Labour supporters were not clear what the new leader stood for, and 41pc thought Labour had made a mistake electing him.

Miliband (41) unexpectedly beat his brother in the contest to replace Gordon Brown as Labour leader in September.

An unauthorised biography, 'Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader', written by political journalists Mehdi Hassan and James Macintyre, says the episode had a far worse impact on their relationship than either has admitted.

David Miliband (45) yesterday appealed for unity. "I have moved on from the leadership election," he said. "Ed won. I stand fully behind him and so should everyone else."

Labour said its leader had issued no statement, pointing to comments made by health spokesman John Healey yesterday that the party was united.

"The thing about Ed Miliband is that's he's tough," Mr Healey said.

"He's got a natural way of dealing with people and most importantly he's got a very good idea about the challenges this country faces."

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