Ex-Doncaster mayor slams Labour leader Ed Miliband

Martin Winter pictured with Ed Miliband and Ed Balls in Doncaster in 2007
Martin Winter pictured with Ed Miliband and Ed Balls in Doncaster in 2007

Ed Miliband has come under attack from ex-Doncaster mayor, Martin Winter, who claims the Labour leader knew about the 2008 economic crash a year before it happened.

In an excerpt from his upcoming book, published by a Sunday national newspaper, Mr Winter has also claimed that the Doncaster North MP, along with the then Children, Schools and Families secretary, Ed Balls, backed a snap General Election in 2007.

Mr Winter claims Mr Miliband confided in him and his partner, Carolyne Hunter, two weeks after the then Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, abandoned plans for a snap poll.

A spokesman for Mr Miliband dismissed the claims as ‘untrue and absurd’.

He continued: “The notion that somehow Ed Miliband and Ed Balls hid the global banking crisis is one of the most ludicrous stories I have ever read.”

Mr Winter, who served as directly elected Mayor of Doncaster between 2002 and 2009, also told the Sunday newspaper that he and Carolyne took Mr Miliband in to his Kirk Sandall home, and ‘made him an MP’. He claims Mr Miliband stayed with him for nine weeks while he tried to become the Labour parliamentary candidate for Doncaster. Mr Winter, 52, left the Labour Party in 2008 following internal arguments over whether he could stand for a third term. He stood down as Mayor in 2009 after a Government inquiry criticised serious child protection failures in the council, following the deaths of seven children under the care of Social Services.