The leader of the Labour party, Ed Miliband, has come in for a raft of criticism from every corner after he gave a homeless woman just 2p in Manchester.

As well as criticism, the Labour leader has been mocked for how awkward he looked while he passed over the tuppenny piece.

So very awkward

So very awkward

Mr Miliband makes an estimated £132,387 every year, so perhaps the voting public might be correct in supposing he could afford to part with more than two pence.

The press machine was quick in their attempts to limit the damage, with the Labour press office releasing a statement that their leader’s hands dug far deeper in his pockets:

“He has a handful of change you can’t see. About a quid, maybe a two quid” a party spokesman explained despite the fact the pictures tell a different tale.

A homeless man in Manchester has also claimed that the woman who was the recipient of Mr Miliband’s charity is not homeless at all, but a member of a Romanian gang of beggars who make over £50 a day.

And just as awkward from this angle

And just as awkward from this angle

Even the police have taken against Mr Miliband; the Manchester Police tweeted that begging is a “crime under Vagrancy Act & we always urge public to donate to charities not beggars.”