BRITISH Labour leader Ed Miliband was hit with an egg during a walkabout in Southampton today as votes were cast in UK local elections.
The politician was giving a TV interview when a man in a hat came through the throng and slapped the egg on to his shoulder. The egg broke on to Mr Miliband's jacket, which he quickly removed and gave to an aide as the man ran off down the street.
He finished the interview in just a shirt and tie, made an exit and went back to his car.
He was there to celebrate Labour's victory in Southampton and declared: "We are back in the South."
After being hit and removing his dirtied jacket, Mr Miliband joked that the man was "obviously not one of my fans".
He later Tweeted: "For those wondering about egg's origins, fairly sure it wasn't free range but nothing can take away from cracking result in Southampton..."
But on a day of mostly good news for Labour, the Tory Boris Johnson was on track to win the big one: the London mayoral election.
Labour rival Ken Livingstone was trailing behind on first preferences after a bitter campaign that has seen the two men clash furiously in public and in private.
Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick faces the embarrassment of potentially being pushed behind into fourth or fifth place as the Green's Jenny Jones currently stands in third while Independent Siobhan Benita is close behind him.
Although election organiser London Elects is not releasing precise figures for ballot papers counted, graphs on its website show a clear advantage for Mr Johnson in the first round of the mayoral contest.