Pressure growing on Miliband as panicking MPs throw brickbats

Ed Miliband faced an open Labour revolt last night after a senior party figure called for him to resign as leader.

Andrew MacKinlay, the former MP for Thurrock, said the party’s dismal performance in last week’s Heywood and Middleton by-election ‘was not the performance of a Government-in-waiting’.

Writing in today’s Mail on Sunday, below, Mr MacKinlay says Mr Miliband’s leadership is ‘a complete disaster’. He pleads: ‘Ed – for the sake of the party we both love, please stand aside now.’

Mr MacKinlay’s comments came as civil war broke out in the party following the by-election in a former Labour stronghold, where it hung on with a wafer-thin majority over UKIP…