Luxury hair cream, Ed! What would Keir Hardie say? ANDREW PIERCE with the stories the spin doctors DON'T want you to read 

We all know how vain politicians are. But I didn’t realise quite how preening Ed Miliband was until I discovered his preference for a luxury brand of hair cream.

Recently his hair has been styled by celebrity London crimper Charlotte Cave, who has done the coiffures of pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Bono and Chris Martin.

Particular attention has been paid to the Labour leader’s hair in preparation for TV interviews, with him insisting that make-up teams use a special texture cream produced by Bumble and Bumble (a company created in New York ‘with four cosmetics products and unlimited dreams’). 

According to insiders, Ed Miliband insisted that make-up teams use a special texture cream produced by New York firm Bumble and Bumble, costing £22.50 (right)

According to the firm, the cream (pictured) ‘gives hair that elusive undone-yet-done quality, with a hint of grit, hold, and a tousled shine-free finish’. 

It comes at a special price, too. A tube costs £22.50.

My spy in the TV green room tells me: ‘Miliband also likes to have make-up for radio interviews because most studios have a webcam and he is anxious that he looks the part.’

Considering this pompadour treatment, it makes you realise just how far the Labour Party has travelled since it was founded by Keir Hardie, the illegitimate son of a servant who got his first job aged eight, and was a coalminer by the age of 11.

Ed Miliband pictures in white tie dress at Oxford

Ed Miliband pictures in white tie dress at Oxford

...and how about that 'toff' uniform?

For years, Labour has waged a vicious class war on the Tories by ridiculing the ‘privileged, toffish’ outfits worn at Oxford University by Bullingdon Boys David Cameron, Boris Johnson and George Osborne.

But a photo has emerged of Ed Miliband from his time there wearing a similar uniform of privilege: the full academic dress — including white tie — known as sub fusc (from the Latin sub fuscus meaning dark brown). It had to be worn when sitting exams and at degree ceremonies.


Gesture politics

Suspended from her party over alleged serious financial irregularities, Ukip MEP Janice Atkinson’s crude one-fingered gesture (right) while campaigning in a sedate Kent seaside town was unlikely to win over many floating voters.

Meanwhile, an official Electoral Commission investigation has been launched into alleged dirty tricks after hateful campaign literature was anonymously distributed in two Ukip target seats (including Thanet, where Nigel Farage is standing) in an attempt to make voters think the poisonous material was official Ukip policy.

The leaflets — which were illustrated with a fake Ukip logo — referred to ‘White Britons becoming second-class citizens’ and ‘Muslim & other foreign gangs targeting under-age white girls’.


Gay Tory attacks Labour 'smears'

Labour have been accused of an odious smear by pointing out to voters with strong religious views in Margaret Thatcher’s old constituency that the Tory candidate is gay.

Mike Freer, who is seeking re-election in Finchley and Golders Green, has complained that Labour canvassers had been reminding Orthodox Jewish households of his sexuality.

The openly gay MP, who gave a powerful speech during the controversial Commons debate on gay marriage and who married his own same-sex partner in January, says his office had been tipped off by a woman voter. 

‘She was quite incensed and told our office that she would be supporting me anyway,’ he says.

The North London seat has the highest number of Jewish voters in the country. Mr Freer trusts the smear campaign won’t damage his chances, adding: ‘The Jewish community will judge me on how I support them, not on who I go home to.’

For her part, his Labour rival Sarah Sackman has urged him to contact the police and says: ‘Homophobia has no place in our society or in an election. I publicly support equal marriage and LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] rights.’


Labour HQ is behind an idiotic electronic alert about the importance of casting your vote. 

One of these puerile, dumbed-down emails has even gone out in the name of Ed Miliband’s wife in her husband’s South Yorkshire constituency. 


Quote of the day

‘If I were a Brit, I’d move to Kosovo if and when the ghastly Ed becomes Prime Minister. Poor Queen. Poor Britain,’ writes Greek millionaire Spectator columnist Taki Theodoracopulos.