The stone monolith commissioned by the Labour party to publicise its policies at the 2015 election was broken up shortly after polling day, it has been reported.
Bloomberg news cites two party officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, who say the stone was destroyed by the party and no longer exists.
Journalists have been trying to track down the so-called “Ed Stone” since the election, with the object having become a running joke amongst politics watchers.
The object had long been rumoured to be stored in an unidentified warehouse in South London.
The party was ridiculed on social media when it unveiled the stunt, which was meant to represent its commitment to follow through on its policy pledges.
It bore pledges including controls on immigration, an NHS “with time to care” and more houses to buy and rent.
The monolith would have been located in the Downing Street garden had it been occupied by Labour.
General election 2015: Polling day
General election 2015: Polling day
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Nuns arrive to vote at a polling station at St John's Church in Paddington, London
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A voter leaves the White Horse Inn in Priors Dean, also known as the 'Pub with no name', which is part of the East Hampshire constituency and acts as a local polling station on the day of the election
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General view of inside the White Horse Inn in Priors Dean
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People cast their votes as a man uses a punch bag in the East Hull Boxing Academy, which is being used as a polling station in Hull
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Penny Higbee waits to greet voters at her home in Routh, East Yorkshire, which is being used as a rural polling station
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Voters in Ironbridge, Shropshire, arrive to cast their vote at The Iron Bridge Tollhouse
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A voter arrives at the North West Ambulance Service Station at Milton Green, Cheshire, which is being used as a polling station as Britain goes to the ballot box
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A polling station has been installed in a launderette in Oxford
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SNP candidate for the Gordon constituency and Former First Minister Alex Salmond with first time voter Nicki Falconer, and her family, (L-R) Mackenzie, Nicki, Skye, Alex Salmond and Keiran at their local polling station in the Gordon constituency in Ellon, Scotland
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Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha after casting their votes at Spelsbury Memorial Hall, Witney
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Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam Gonzalez Durantez arrive at Hall Park Hill Community Centre to cast their votes, in Sheffield
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Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine Thornton leave the polling station at Sutton Village Hall in Sutton after casting their votes in the 2015 general election in Doncaster
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First Minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon, votes with her husband Peter Murrell in Glasgow, Scotland
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Ukip leader Nigel Farage arrives to cast his vote for the South Thanet constituency in Ramsgate
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Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood arrives at a polling station in Penygraig, Rhondda, Wales
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Green Party leader Natalie Bennett after casting her vote at Ossulston Tenants' Hall, London
Then leader Ed Miliband unveiled the stone in a car park in Hastings on 2 May, just days before the election.
A month after the Conservative victory Tory peer Lord Ashcroft offered the party £100,000 to buy it but his offer was rejected. It is not clear whether the stone had been destroyed by this point.
Labour has long officially refused to comment on the stone’s whereabouts, for fear it could become a permanent monolith of ridicule for the party.
Receipts disclosed by the party have also identified that the stone cost £8,000 – rather than the £30,000 that had been reported at the time.Reuse content