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.