Ed Miliband stopped to give money to a beggar while out in Manchester today, but has provoked ridicule in a way that only the Labour leader can.
Miliband's act of generosity in front of the cameras was bitterly undermined by his seriously awkward manner, with critics on Twitter mockingly suggesting he looked concerned that the lady "may have Ebola".
— Michael Walsh (@mcjwalsh) October 31, 2014
— David W Hartley (@davidwhartley) October 31, 2014
The reaction to this tragically cringe-worthy moment may not come as a surprise to Miliband, who has admitted that he is not very good at photo-ops.
— Marcus Walker (@WalkerMarcus) October 31, 2014
— Rory Meakin (@rorymeakin) October 31, 2014
Some questioned how little Miliband had actually stopped to give to the begging woman, as he went to a Shadow Cabinet meeting.
— Derek Whitaker (@DerekWhitaker3) October 31, 2014
Others defended Miliband's moment of charity, suggesting that Tories like David Cameron would have not given money at all.
— robert crilly (@CrillyBobc) October 31, 2014
— Anthony Parker (@Anthillel) October 31, 2014
Here is what happened in Manchester, in all its unfiltered awkwardness.