Ed Miliband's decision to unveil a massive eight-foot stone tablet containing Labour's general election pledges has attracted an awful lot of attention. But the launch was almost derailed by an irate blacksmith with a giant horse.
The giant stone, which could be transplanted to the Downing Street garden if Miliband becomes prime minister, was unveiled amid great secrecy on Saturday.
The launch took place in the car park of Hastings Academy, a school in Ore, East Sussex. Journalists who were present at the event abided by an agreement to keep the details under embargo until Sunday morning.
Unfortunately for Labour, Bowers, the local Green party candidate, happened to live next door and popped over with his horse.
Meet Luna, a 6-year-old Ardennes working horse. Bowers said Labour officials were not happy that he and his giant horse had decided to attend the event.
Bowers claimed Labour officials tried to remove him and his horse from the school grounds and stop ruining the event.
Bowers insisted the event shows the limits of political media events.
He said Labour's decision to launch the slab in an isolated car park "enabled them to stage-manage it".
"[Ore] is supposed to be a Labour stronghold, it's a stage-managed event and they got 30 people there. But we got 10 Green party people there in five minutes. I'd out-strategied them by bringing a horse and tethering it."
Eventually the Labour leader took an interest in this equine annoyance and invited Bowers on to his campaign bus for a chat.
Bowers said he had a chat with Miliband about their different choices of election transport.
Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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