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Ed Miliband had a broken wrist when he delivered Thatcher tribute in Commons


Ed Miliband was on pain killers when he delivered his parliamentary tribute to Margaret Thatcher, it emerged today.

The Labour leader was in pain from a fall that he had while hill walking with his wife Justine in Devon the previous week.

What he did not know was that he had broken his wrist. He discovered that on Friday when he went for an X ray at the Accident and Emergency Unit at University College Hospital, London.

Yesterday he returned to hospital for a minor operation to reset the wrist.

Mr Miliband has now returned home to his family, and the injury will not prevent him attending Margaret Thatcher’s funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday.

This isn’t the first time Mr Miliband’s wrists have made the news.

Last year, body language expert Robert Phipp said the Labour leader "often uses loose wrists to make his point," saying it made him look "friendly and appealing" but not powerful.