South Yorkshire MP’s plea for calm after community tension

Ed Miliband, Doncaster MP and Labour leader. Picture: Marie Caley D4774MC
Ed Miliband, Doncaster MP and Labour leader. Picture: Marie Caley D4774MC
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South Yorkshire MP Ed Miliband has called for ‘greater understanding’ between communities after the English Defence League’s Sheffield protest.

The Labour Party leader, who represents Doncaster North, said work was needed to promote harmony between people of different religions and backgrounds.

The EDL protest, which involved 500 members laying a wreath at Sheffield’s war memorial in memory of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, was met by rival protests from Unite Against Fascism and Muslims – Drummer Rigby was stabbed to death in Woolwich, London, by two alleged terrorists last month.

A police operation costing £500,000 of public money was needed to keep both sides apart in Sheffield on Saturday, June 8.

Mr Miliband said: “The answer to these problems is you have to show that in communities across the country, people work together.

“You have to do everything you can to promote harmony and understanding among diverse communities. That is the best answer.”

“The vast majority of people do not have that much sympathy for the EDL and what they are doing.”

Speaking exclusively to The Star, Mr Miliband also repeated his call for a further tax on bankers’ bonuses to fund jobs for young people out of work.

He said: “In my constituency, youth unemployment is four times the levels of 2011 and much more needs to be done.”