Ed Miliband poses for ‘selfie’ with Lily Allen

The leader of the Labour party was at it again – just days after that Joey Essex ‘selfie’

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Just a day after cosying up to Joey Essex for a snap following Obama’s ‘inappropriate’ Mandela memorial ‘selfie’, the leader of the Labour party was at it again.

This time, the subject of the mobile portrait was none other than comeback pop star Lily Allen.

The "Hard Out Here" singer posted the ‘selfie’ with the caption “#lilliband lol” via her Instagram page yesterday evening.

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Miliband will no doubt be chuffed with the endorsement from the popular chanteuse, whose public feuds with PM David Cameron are well documented.

Allen initially took offence to the Conservative leader when he hit out at the star’s “unsuitable” pop songs when he unveiled plans for a Tory crackdown on the sexualisation of children in 2010.

Allen has taken Twitter aim at Cameron several times since, blasting his policies on cutting housing benefits for the under 25s and even dedicating the song “F**k You” to the politician during a show at the O2 arena.

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The “#lilliband’ image emerged after The Only Way Is Essex star Joey Essex shared a picture of himself with the politician after meeting him at the Sun's Military Awards in London.

Proudly posting the photo up on his Twitter page, Essex wrote: “With my mate @Ed_Miliband at the #Millies #SELFIE”

He later retweeted another snap of the pair from his agency @neonmanagement, which was posted with the accompanying message: “JOEY ESSEX to stand at next Election …”

There was, however, no call for Miliband to do the same.

Earlier this week, David Cameron attempted to explain why he decided to lean in for a ‘selfie’ with Barack Obama and the Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Johannesberg.

Speaking to MPs in the House of Commons on Thursday, he said: “When a member of the Kinnock family asked me for a photograph, I thought it was only polite to say yes.”

Thorning-Schmidt, the Social Democrat leader in Denmark, is married to former Labour leader Neil Kinnock’s son, Stephen Kinnock.

She has since called the incident "a bit of fun".

The photographer who took the viral photograph, Roberto Schmidt, also defended their decision.

“At the time, I thought the world leaders were simply acting like human beings, like me and you,” he wrote via his blog.

“I doubt anyone could have remained totally stony faced for the duration of the ceremony, while tens of thousands of people were celebrating in the stadium.

“For me, the behaviour of these leaders in snapping a selfie seems perfectly natural. I see nothing to complain about, and probably would have done the same in their place.”

Mandela passed away, aged 95, last Thursday. His funeral will be held on Sunday.