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Ed Miliband’s Speech: Five Gareth-style “real voices” in political speeches

The Labour leader is far from the first politician to bungle a reference to a real person

By Josh Lowe  

That’s Gareth, back left RT @pimterry: Ed Miliband happened to stop by the annual @SoftwireUK picnic. As you do.

— Softwire Technology (@SoftwireUK) September 23, 2014

Yesterday, Labour leader Ed Miliband was mocked for including in his speech various “real voices:” the two young women who saw him in a park and wished he was Benedict Cumberbatch, Josephine the hard-up cleaner and good-old Gareth, now enjoying national TV stardom.

But the Labour leader is far from the first politician to clumsily conjure up an anecdote from a real or imagined chance encounter with the voters. Here are five of…

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