Tuesday 12 December 2017

I'll win Ant and Dec back: Miliband

Declan Donnelly, right, has said he finds it difficult to picture Ed Miliband as PM, while Ant McPartlin said he no longer knows what philosophy Labour stands for
Declan Donnelly, right, has said he finds it difficult to picture Ed Miliband as PM, while Ant McPartlin said he no longer knows what philosophy Labour stands for

Ed Miliband says he is sure he can persuade TV duo Ant and Dec to vote Labour again after they revealed they may not back the party in the general election.

Declan Donnelly told the Times he finds it difficult to picture Mr Miliband as prime minister, while Ant McPartlin said he no longer knows which philosophy Labour stands for.

In a further comment, which did not make it into the newspaper, McPartlin said he is "a real floating voter".

But Mr Miliband seems confident that he can win back the support of the pair.

Speaking at an event in Lincoln, Mr Miliband said: "I think they said they were floating voters so I've got 78 days to persuade Ant and Dec back on board, and I'm sure we can.

"Look, I think what I would say to Ant and Dec, and the whole country, is I think there's a big choice at this election.

"How do you want the country run? Do you want a government for the rich and powerful or do you want a government for everyday people. That's the government I'd lead."

Ant and Dec, winners of 27 National Television Awards for popularity and famous for shows stretching from Byker Grove in the 1990s to I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! and Britain's Got Talent now - describe themselves as "staunchly Labour" but said they do not know how they will vote on May 7.

Explaining his doubts about Mr Miliband, Donnelly told the Times: "I'm not sure I could picture him as prime minister."

And McPartlin said: "I voted Labour all my life. But last election I voted Tory because I was thoroughly disillusioned with the Labour government.

"Now I'm thoroughly disillusioned with a coalition Government. I feel we're both staunchly Labour and would vote Labour if we could, but I don't know what their philosophy is any more."

Writing on Twitter, interviewer Helen Rumbelow revealed: "Not in interview but Ant told me 'I'm looking forward to seeing their manifestos. I'm a real floating voter now'."

Press Association

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