10/06/2015 10:55 BST | Updated 10/06/2015 10:59 BST

Ed Miliband Aide Cancelled Brighton Pavilion Photoshoot In Case Voters Thought It Was A Mosque

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Leader of the opposition Labour Party, Ed Miliband speaks during a pre-UK general election event hosted by Citizens UK in London, on May 4, 2015. With polls showing the two main parties neck-and-neck and unlikely to win a majority, the race to take Downing Street will likely hinge on smaller parties such as the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the Liberal Democrats. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The same aides that suggested Ed Miliband pose in front of the now infamous 'Ed stone' were on Wednesday revealed to have vetoed a photoshoot with the then Labour leader outside Brighton's Royal Pavilion in case people confused it for a mosque.

Campaign chiefs were desperate for the party to be seen to be cracking down on immigration and faced pressure to win back voters who had switched their allegiances to Ukip, the revelations in Wednesday's The Times claim.

Reporters Rachel Sylvester and Michael Savage wrote: "There was at times almost comical neurosis about the [immigration] issue: in a moment straight out of The Thick of It, a planned photo call with the leader in front of the Brighton Pavilion was dropped because an aide feared voters might think it was a mosque."

The offending building

But the 192-year-old structure has proven confusing for some previously.

In 2013 an EDL member posted a picture of the Pavilion to Facebook (see screengrab below), with friends piling in to lambaste the "mosque" for its size.