24/09/2014 10:20 BST | Updated 24/09/2014 10:59 BST

17 Kissing Tips For Ed Miliband (And Others Who Struggle With Smooching)

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Justine Thornton (R) wife of the leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party Ed Miliband kisses her husband following his speech at Manchester Central, in Manchester on September 23, 2014 on the third day of the Labour Party conference. Conservative bashing, stirring words about social equality and warnings over populism: Britain's main opposition party this week prepped its ranks for next year's general election. 'Win 2015' flags were on display all around at the party conference in Manchester,

It's everyone's biggest fear: going in for a kiss only to be snubbed by an unenthusiastic recipient.

But that's exactly what happened to Ed Miliband when he moved in to smooch his wife, Justine Thornton, following his speech at the Labour Party Conference earlier this week.

As he swooped in, she recoiled. Or at least that's how it looked.


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When asked whether his wife, who has since joked about the awkward moment, had reacted to his bad breath or a poor kissing technique, Ed replied: "she’s never complained."

Still, we thought it was only fair to give the Labour leader - and countless other kissing novices - a few pointers when it comes to locking lips.

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