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Daily Mail Claims Miliband Wanted To Carve Election Pledges Into Cheddar Gorge, Labour Says It's 'Untrue'

16/05/2015 23:49 BST | Updated 17/05/2015 00:59 BST

The Daily Mail stuck the boot into Ed Miliband’s ribs on Sunday, publishing a story claiming the outgoing Labour leader wanted to chisel his election pledges into a cliff face at Cheddar Gorge. According to the newspaper, the plan was dumped in favour of the (arguably) less ridiculous eight-foot block of stone graced by six key promises, which Miliband unveiled to fanfare and bafflement in Hastings ahead of his election defeat.

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Did Miliband want to carve these pledges into Cheddar Gorge?

According to the newspaper, the cliff face plan was abandoned because the party could not find anywhere suitable. A source told the tabloid: "They asked someone to allow them to carve the letters on their land. People were very excited about it. The letters would have been huge - same wording as appears on the stone. But the problem was, they couldn't find a suitable location or anybody to allow it." The source added: "After the discussion, none of us could stop thinking about Ed's face glaring down, Lincoln-like, from a mountainside."

However, a Labour spokesman told the Press Association the story was "totally untrue and utter rubbish". Over the weekend it was reported that the "EdStone" is being stored at a warehouse on the Westminster industrial estate in Woolwich, south-east London. It was produced by masonry specialists Stone Circle at the company's factory on the outskirts of Basingstoke, Hampshire.

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