1. Ed Miliband has apologised to Labour MPs after he posed for a picture with The Sun newspaper.
The Labour leader reportedly told angry MPs from his party that he was “very, very sorry” for appearing to endorse the paper, the Liverpool Daily Echo reports.
Liverpool Labour MP Steve Rotheram tweeted last night that the incident “shouldn’t have happened in the first place” and said his party leader would make an official statement later.
The Sun newspaper is particularly controversial in Liverpool as a result of its coverage of the Hillsborough tragedy.
The picture also provoked outcry from Labour supporters around the country.
The early stages of Miliband’s leadership were characterised by a willingness to criticise Murdoch-owned media titles, including The Sun.
Miliband is understood to have defended his decision on the basis that he was showing support for the England squad ahead of the World Cup.
UPDATE: Ed Miliband’s office has issued a statement: “Ed Miliband was promoting England’s bid to win the World Cup and is proud to do so. But he understands the anger that is felt towards The Sun over Hillsborough by many people in Merseyside and he is sorry to those who feel offended.”