He’s used to political jousting but it was a sporting battle which got Ed Miliband out and about in Doncaster as he took on snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan in a game of pool.
The former Labour Party leader and Doncaster MP teamed up with The Star’s sister title the Doncaster Free Press to give residents their big break to play with the five-time world snooker champion.
Two lucky readers pocketed the prize and played doubles with Mr Miliband and ‘Rocket’ Ronnie O’Sullivan on Friday.
And it was Ronnie and reader Michael Houghton who claimed victory, beating Mr Miliband and reader Emily Machin 2-1.
Ronnie and Mr Miliband visited a school and a youth project in Doncaster as part of the Doncaster North MP’s involvement with the Speakers for Schools project, which provides state secondary schools and colleges with talks from a range of industry leading professionals, public figures and academics, free of charge.
Doncaster North MP Mr Miliband said: “I’d like to thank Ronnie for visiting Doncaster and spending a day in my constituency.
“The young people we met were inspired by his positive attitude, and I know everyone enjoyed listening to his life-story and hearing him talk about his sporting successes and achievements, and his plans for the future. It was an excellent day and I hope Ronnie is able to visit Doncaster again in the future.”
It’s not the first time the unlikely duo have teamed up, with Ronnie and Mr Miliband last playing pool during the General Election campaign in April.
Ronnie O’Sullivan made his first century break at age 10 and his first maximum break at age 15. He turned professional in 1992, at the age of 16, and soon earned the nickname ‘The Rocket’ because of his rapid playing style.
His first major success came when he won the 1993 UK Championship at the age of 17 years and 358 days, making him the youngest player ever to win a professional ranking tournament, a record he still holds.
He is also the youngest player ever to have won the Masters, having captured his first title in 1995 at the age of 19 years and 69 days.