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Pelted With Eggs: UK Labour Party Leader Targeted at Market (Video)

Thursday, 15 Aug 2013 01:28 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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UK's Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband was pelted with eggs Wednesday as he toured an outdoor market in south London, and now the protester responsible is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame on Twitter.

The 43-year-old politician was hit in the back by at least one egg as he walked around the East Street market in Walworth on Wednesday, but an aid quickly removed his jacket and Miliband continued on with the tour, according to Fox News.

Miliband took the egg assault in stride, later telling reporters, "This is not the first time it's happened to me, I'm sure it's not the last. I'm always looking for new ways to connect with the voters."

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The man who threw the eggs told reporters his name was Dean Porter and said he took advantage of the "opportunistic moment" to pelt the Labour Party leader with eggs in a protest against the government's treatment of the poor and homeless.

"They should stop giving favoritism to the banks. They do nothing. The government do nothing. The shadow government do nothing," Porter said. "I don't believe him at all. If you are poor, you are considered a burden. All they care about is the banks."

Porter capitalized on his moment in the spotlight on Twitter.

The incident comes at a time when many Labour Party politicians are questioning Miliband's leadership.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham and former whip Graham Stringer are among those to have criticized Miliband for not being aggressive enough with the coalition government during Parliament's summer recess, according to Fox News.

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