Ed Miliband’s relationship with the press started badly and has got progressively worse.
His selection as Labour leader ran counter to the predictions of most newspapers, most of which had strongly backed his brother.
His subsequent attack on News International over phone hacking, plus his strong support for the Leveson proposals, means that he now enters the short campaign facing an overwhelmingly hostile media.
Be it the Daily Mail attacking his love life, or the Sun making nob-jokes about his election debate performance, Miliband has been attacked from all sides. This hostility has not just come from the traditionally Tory-supporting press either. When leadership speculation mounted against him towards the end of last year, even normally Labour-supporting publications came out against him.
Yet somehow he has survived and current polls suggest that Miliband remains likely to be the next prime minister either as leader of the largest party or with the support of others.
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