A beggar in Manchester pleaded to Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, to look at her face as he dropped a two pence piece in her cup.
“Although I appreciate the two pence piece Mr. Miliband dropped in my cup he couldn’t even bring himself to look at me, sleeping rough and not having a home is hard as it is. I know Mr. Miliband has a £2.6 million home in a swish part of London but I’m human, I’ve got a soul like any other. A simple word of kindness would have been good for me. Anyway, thanks for the tuppence,” the woman said to reporters afterwards with a stream of tears running down her dirty face.