Gove: Miliband attack was ‘shocking and personal’

Conservative Chief Whip Michael Gove has hit back at Ed Miliband’s criticism of Tory policy in Libya.

While campaigning in Eastleigh yesterday Gove told Eastleigh News that the Labour leader had tried ‘pin the blame’ for recent migrant deaths in the Mediterranean on David Cameron “in a personal and shocking way” and said Milliband was not acting in a “Prime Ministerial fashion.”

In a speech at Chatham House on Thursday, Ed Miliband said that David Cameron had been wrong to assume that Libya’s institutions “could simply be left to evolve and transform themselves” following the allied bombing raids that helped depose Gadhafi.

Micheal Gove was canvassing in Bursledon with Conservative Parliamentary candidate Mims Davies and the Conservative’s candidate for the Borough ward of Bursledon and Old Netley, Frair Burgess.

Gove told Eastleigh News:

“It’s absolutely right to debate foreign policy in the course of a General Election but its absolutely wrong for the leader of the Labour Party to try and make political capital of the tragedy unfolding in the Mediterranean and pinning the blame on David Cameron in this personal and shocking way.

“I think Ed Mlliband should think again because his actions are not those of someone who is acting in a prime ministerial fashion.”

The former education secretary had time to enjoy a pint with locals at Bursledon’s Jolly Sailor pub where he also spoke to Eastleigh News about Eastleigh’s highly marginal electoral record.

“We know it’s going to be close here” he said and described Mims Davies as a “passionate, energetic, committed advocate” with a “fantastic range of talents and abilities which would ensure Eastleigh would be listened to in the House of Commons.”

He added that voters would also be deciding on the next Prime Minister of the country.

“There is a basic choice, we can either have David Cameron as Prime Minister or we could end up with Ed Milliband.

“If people vote Lib Dem or Ukip here then we could end up with a Liberal Democrat MP supporting a Labour Prime Minister in the House of Commons – who is held to ransom by the Scottish Nationalists.”

There are just under two weeks till the General and Local elections on May 7.

The following candidates are also standing in the Eastleigh Parliamentary Election:

 Declan Clune – TUSC

Mark Latham- Labour

Mike Thornton – Liberal Democrat

Patricia Culligan -Ukip

Ray Hall – Beer, Baccy and Scratchings

Ron Meldrum – Green

Also standing for the Borough seat of Bursledon and Old Netley are:

 Tonia Craig – Liberal Democrat

Denise Evans – Ukip

Chris Rogers – Labour

There will be a public hustings for all the Parliamentary candidates next Wednesday, 29 April at Kings Community Church, Hedge End starting at 7.30 pm.

  4 comments for “Gove: Miliband attack was ‘shocking and personal’

  1. John Milne
    April 25, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I think Miliband is correct in his criticism of Cameron, who loved the opportunity to play the big man on the international stage by bombing some foreigners and then immediately forgot all about them afterwards.

    The hypocritical thing about it is that Miliband would have done the same thing in Cameron’s position.

    If Miliband wanted to make a real point he should remind the voters that Cameron wanted to bomb Syria and arm ISIS so he could suck up to Obama and Miliband stopped them.

  2. April 25, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I missed what Ed Miliband actually said, but if the migrant crisis is a direct consequence of conflict in Libya that the UK Govt championed in 2011, then the PM and Deputy PM clearly bear some responsibility for the problem…

  3. April 26, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Hmmm. Miliband might have a point. After all, the Labour government under Blair made such a good job of thinking through the consequences of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not.

  4. Sue
    April 26, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I agree with what Milliband said. It is due to the total chaos now in Libya since we helped to “bomb it back to the stone-age” (with Labour Party agreement) that the traffickers can get people through that country. We seem very good re bombing countries but not good at putting them back together afterwards?! That, however, is not the same as saying that Cameron is directly responsible for all migrant deaths. This is just political spin and trying to get the discussion away from the NHS, welfare spending cuts and so on. The Conservatives are doing the same re the SDP. Anything to avoid discussion of the issues so that people remain muddled re what they actually stand for.

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