Labour leader Ed Miliband is locked in a heated row with the Daily Mail over an article on his Marxist academic father headlined "the man who hated Britain".

He says the story about the late Ralph Miliband's political beliefs was a "character assassination" and "smear".

The Daily Mail has refused to apologise, printing a lengthy editorial of its own next to the piece in Tuesday's paper, entitled "An evil legacy and why we won't apologise."

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Was the Daily Mail right to refuse to apologise for their 'character assassination' of Ed Miliband's father?


The paper called Miliband's response "tetchy and menacing", adding that "Red Ed's in a strop with the Mail".

Ed Miliband Condemns Daily Mail 'Smears' About His Father Ralph

But a simple search on Twitter for 'The Daily Mail' has shown public opinion is not in favour of the Mail's defence.

In fact, at the time of writing, The Huffington Post UK failed to find a single tweet in defence of the Mail's editorial angle.

At the same time this image has rapidly been making the rounds on social media sites, in reference to the Mail's history:

Nicholas Pegg
Ralph Miliband fought the Nazis. The Daily Mail supported the Nazis. We all know who hates Britain, Mr Dacre.

Alastair Campbell
Unity among ministers, right wing hacks and PR bods that Dacre has totally lost the plot in handling of right of reply

Owen Jones
Daily Mail editorial headline: "An evil legacy and why we won't apologise". This would make a fitting new strapline for the paper

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  • Labour Leader Ed Miliband

    Age: 43 Married to: Justine Thornton Children: - Daniel Thornton - Samuel Stewart Thornton

  • Fact One

    He can do a Rubix cube in 90 seconds. Miliband confirmed this rumour to the Daily Mirror, saying he could complete the puzzle in a more modest-sounding "one minute and 30 seconds".

  • Fact Two

    TV? He hasn't got time. The Labour leader says he used to enjoy Eastenders, but can't spare the half hour four times a week to sit down and watch it anymore. We don't blame him, that works out as spending just over four days watching the soap every year.

  • Fact Three

    He's famous enough to have a list of fake facts written about him. <a href="" target="_hplink">Want to know some of the fake facts about Miliband?</a> <blockquote> When Ed Miliband went on the Jeremy Kyle show, the lie detector results simply read, "Awesome". When Ed Miliband slices pizza, every slice is always exactly the same size. Ed Miliband invented Cillit Bang. Ed Miliband climbed Everest... in his lunch hour. Ed Miliband co-wrote Liberty X's number one single, 'Just A Little'. Ed Miliband COULD put Humpty Dumpty together again.</blockquote>

  • Fact Four

    Miliband attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford (pictured) then London School of Economics, becoming a TV journalist before he went into politics.

  • Fact Five

    In 2002/3 Miliband spent a year and a half teaching economics at Harvard University.

  • Miliband sparkling

  • Miliband spitting

  • Miliband seething

  • Miliband sipping

  • Miiband spannering

  • The "not Dave?!!!" speech

  • The "one nation" speech, Labour Party Annual Conference 2012.

  • The "upcoming leader?" speech, Labour Party Conference 2009

  • The "gay marriage" speech, 4 February 2013

  • The "better future" speech, 3 October 2012