Ed Miliband campaign enlist sporting help in fight against unfair budget

Ed Miliband’s leadership campaign has enlisted cricketing help in the fight against Tuesday’s emergency budget, encouraging “hundreds of people” to email 2005 Ashes hero Simon Jones:

Speaking exclusively to Scrapbook, Jones said:

“It was flattering to be contacted by Ed’s team regarding the budget. The 25% cuts for DCMS will see many sporting initiatives, such as free swimming for children, face the axe.”

The fast-medium bowler then added:

“But I was rather confused when they started going on about Bermondsey and the Liberal Democrats. I live in Cardiff and voted Plaid Cymru.”

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes was unavailable for comment.

Hat-tip: Tom Baker

UPDATE: Amusing online slips aside, Miliband Jnr is now on 14 CLP nominations to Miliband Snr’s 8. It’ll be interesting to see whether this lead holds.

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