14/08/2014 16:51 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Union Boss Compares Pregnant Kate Middleton To 'Young Women Having Babies To Get State Handouts'

Union boss compares pregnant Kate Middleton to 'young women having babies to get state handouts'

A trade union leader has made an 'outrageous attack' on heavily pregnant Kate Middleton by likening her to 'young women having babies to get state handouts'.

During an address to delegates, Unison boss Dave Prentis said: "In the tabloid press, so much is written about benefits abuses - young women having babies to get state hand-outs.

"But conference, that's enough on Kate Middleton."

He made the joke about the Duchess of Cambridge in a speech attacking government cuts to welfare.

But Labour leader Ed Miliband was urged to distance himself from the 'outrageous' attack just weeks before she is due to give birth.

Mr Prentis was speaking to delegates at a Unison rally to urge delegates to 'fight' government cuts.

Tory MP Henry Smith said: "This is an outrageous personal attack on the Duchess of Cambridge.

"Ed Miliband should distance himself from these spiteful remarks.

"If he does not, it will be clear that he is a weak leader who stands for the union barons' interests, not the interests of hardworking people."