Anything Miriam can do… Ed Miliband's wife Justine turns heads as the lady in bright red at Labour party conferenceThe Labour leader is upstaged again, this time by his wife's eye-catching shift dress from the WithSleeves rangeMr Miliband is pinning his hopes on 'Ed: The Movie' to persuade voters he understands their concerns
13:42 GMT, 1 October 2012
Ed Miliband has been overshadowed at his own party conference again – this time by his wife Justine.
The Labour leader toured the party circuit last night as he seeks to persuade people he has what it takes to be Prime Minister.
But he was outshone by Justine who wowed delegates in a stunning shift dress – in Labour red – and the nude LK Bennett heels favoured by Kate Middleton.
Ed Miliband's wife Justine impressed the delegates with a bright red dress from WithSleeves and nude heels from LK Bennett
Mr Miliband tried to shake off questions about his leadership as he met delegates at drinks receptions on at the end of the first day of the party conference in Manchester.
All three party leaders have come to realise their wives are a major political asset, and their fashion choices are closely scrutinised as a sign of being in touch with ordinary voters – and their shopping budgets.
Justine wore a bright red slashed neck shift dress from the WithSleeves range, nude heels and carried a black clutch bag from high street favourite Russell and Bromley.
While Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband chose almost identical pink ties, their wives stole the show. Miriam Gonzales Durantez (above left) arrived at the Lib Dem conference wearing a white 390 dress by Scottish designer Henrietta Ludgate and tangerine shoes from Zara. Last night Justine Miliband's red shift dress turned heads in Manchester
Justine Miliband's red dressed stood out on a dark night in Manchester
Last week Nick Clegg’s speech at the Lib Dem conference was seen as a solid affair, but it was his wife Miriam’s knee-length white dress by Scottish designer Henrietta Ludgate, teamed with tangerine heels, which dominated the photographs.
Mr Miliband hopes to use the week to present himself as a more down to earth politician in tune with voters' concerns. Arriving in Manchester on Saturday, he he walked up the platform at the city's
Piccadilly railway station carrying son Daniel, three, on his shoulders
while two-year-old Samuel was carried by Justine.
A party political broadcast, dubbed Ed: The Movie, will tomorrow seek to contrast his upbringing with that of David Cameron.
An early edit of the film suggest there repeated references to Mr Miliband attending a 'comprehensive' – Haverstock state school – which strategists hope will highlight Mr Cameron's privileged education at Eton.
However the move risks accusations of 'class warfare' in the battle to be Prime Minister.
Ed:The Movie seeks to contrast the Labour leader's education at a comprehensive school with David Cameron's schooldays at Eton
Mr Miliband says: 'Every young person should feel they can have a career, like I had. It shouldn’t be for the lucky few.
'The education that I got at this comprehensive was about so much more than exams. It was about how to look after yourself, it was about that the world is a complex place with people of all kinds, and all nationalities, all classes, all races. That is a really important lesson.'
In the Labour video schoolfriend Socratis Socratous said Mr Miliband was a 'very bright guy' and Lucy Limb describes him as 'someone who could be trusted'.
Henry Stern, a former student at Harvard, said he struggled to get into a class taken by 'Professor Miliband'.
Mr Miliband then claims his time at Haverstock, Harvard and then politics is proof of the virtue of 'hard work'.