Live on BBC, public slate Ed Miliband’s failure to marry

Labour leader Ed Miliband received an onslaught of criticism from the public for his failure to marry the mother of his children or name himself on his first son’s birth certificate.

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  • Mr Miliband was taking phone-in questions from the public on BBC Radio 2′s Jeremy Vine Show yesterday.

    One member of the public, Paul Henry, questioned Mr Miliband’s personal commitment, asking: “Why isn’t he committed in his own life? Why hasn’t he got married? Why hasn’t he committed his life to his partner?

    “I know it is the modern thing to live together but comes a time in life surely when you’ve got to be a couple and commit.”


    Mr Miliband argued: “I think marriage is an important institution but some people choose to get married and some people don’t”.

    Critics have raised concerns about Mr Miliband’s stance on traditional marriage after he pledged last year to redefine marriage and impose it on society.

    But the Labour leader insisted he had “absolutely committed his life to” partner Justine Thornton and that they will marry.


    Another member of the public, Kevin O’Neill from Birmingham, said: “Mr Miliband, how can we trust anybody who didn’t even put his name down as the father of his first child on the birth certificate?”

    Labour’s embattled leader defended himself saying he was very embarrassed he never got round to it but is now registered as the father of both his children after a “two for one” deal when son Daniel was born late last year.

    He became Labour leader in September after narrowly beating his brother David in a tense leadership battle.


    Mr Miliband became the first British political leader of a major party to live with his family out of wedlock.

    He has expressed his support for same-sex marriage and the homosexual agenda.

    He told homosexual news website PinkNews: “I want to see heterosexual and same-sex partnerships put on an equal basis and a Labour Party that I lead will campaign to make gay marriage happen.”


    Mr Miliband says he is “angry” that there is a free speech law that allows people to express their opposition to homosexual conduct.

    He wants the law repealed because he claims the protection would make it harder to convict murderers.

    During his five years in Parliament Mr Miliband has voted in favour of the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which restrict religious liberty, and he voted to abolish the blasphemy laws in England and Wales.

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