Daily Mail is lying about Miliband says former Croydon MP

A former Croydon Conservative MP and one-time trusted aide to Margaret Thatcher has joined the growing row over the Daily Wail’s attack on Ralph Miliband, the refugee, Second World War serviceman and father of Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour party.

John Moore in his days as Croydon Central MP

John Moore in his days as Croydon Central’s Member of Parliament

The Daily Wail described Ralph Miliband as “The Man Who Hated Britain” in a feature article at the weekend.

Yesterday, John Moore, the former Tory cabinet minister who was once tipped to succeed Thatcher as the leader of his party, joined a growing number of critics of the Wail‘s vicious attacks on the Milibands. Lord Moore accused the Wail of “telling lies” about Ralph Miliband.

Moore was MP for Croydon Central for nearly 20 years, from the creation of the constituency in 1974, and he served in Thatcher’s cabinet between 1986 and 1989. Moore said it “beggars belief” that the Wail could impugn the patriotism of Miliband, a London School of Economics lecturer who he described as a “great academic” and an inspiring teacher. “Ralph Miliband taught me and I can say he was one of the most inspiring and objective teachers I had,” Moore said. “Of course, we had different political opinions but he never treated me with anything less than complete courtesy and I had profound respect for his integrity.

“He had come here as a refugee, done his duty to his adopted country by serving in our Royal Navy during the war, become a great academic and raised a good family.

Ralph Miliband: Marxist whose reputation defended by Tory Lord Moore

Ralph Miliband: Marxist whose reputation defended by Lord Moore

“I saw him week after week and it beggars belief that the Daily Mail can accuse him of lacking patriotism. I never heard him ever say one word which was negative about Britain – our country.

“The Daily Mail is telling lies about a good man who I knew. The people of this country are good and decent too. They do not want the Daily Mail attacking the dead relatives of politicians to make political points.”

In 1992, after a bout of ill-health, Moore stood down from parliament to become Lord Moore of Lower Marsh – even though he does not have any obvious background in running an SE1 market stall, but he might have had a few bespoke suits made by Monty Modlin’s father.

Lord Moore is the latest senior Conservative party figure to criticise the Wail. Yesterday, Michael Heseltine, the former Tory deputy prime minister, told the BBC, “This is carrying politics to an extent that is just demeaning, frankly. The headline isn’t justified. It is completely out of context. As everybody knows the guy fought for this country and we now live in a totally different world to the clash between communism and fascism.”

Others have been more pointed in their criticisms; even though the original article carried the byline of Geoffrey Levy, the Jewish Chronicle has accused the Wail of anti-semitism.

The Wail was a notable supporter in the 1930s of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany and the British fascist party. On Tuesday, when Ed Miliband responded to the Wail’s original article, accusing it of lying about his father, the newspaper company’s management extended the contract of the editor, Paul Dacre, who would otherwise have been due to retire next month.

Today, Geordie Greig, the editor of the Wail’s Sunday sister title, has issued an apology to Ed Miliband for two of his reporters gate-crashing a memorial service; the reporters have been suspended over their conduct.


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2 Responses to Daily Mail is lying about Miliband says former Croydon MP

  1. davidcallam says:

    Fascist rag gets comeuppance!
    Well said Lord Moore, spoken like a true Brit.
    And the most effective way to deal with the Daily Mail: if you’re doing so, please stop buying it

    • Given that sales of the Currant Bun in Merseyside have never recovered after the post-Hillsborough boycott, you might be surprised that there has not been a serious call for a boycott of the Wail, or for the threat of boycotting the paper’s advertisers – something which ultimately led to the closure of the News of the Screws.

      But then if Miliband was to ask his supporters to stop buying the Wail, it would likely have zero impact on its circulation.

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