Beggars can't be choosers, eh Mr Miliband: Toe-curling encounter sees Labour leader drop just 2p into homeless woman's cup

On his way to deliver a speech, Ed Miliband first passed the woman in a green headscarf. Realising photographers were present, he doubled back. But in a toe-curling encounter, he failed even to make eye contact as he leant towards her and appeared to drop just 2p into a cup. Despite the intended act of kindness, Mr Miliband's ham-fisted attempt sparked criticism on Twitter.