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Hen party gatecrashes Ed Miliband's battle bus

A bride-to-be has pondered if Ed Miliband will show up at her wedding - after he made a surprise appearance during her hen party.

The Labour leader was jokingly referred to as the stripper after his battle bus was gatecrashed by Nicola Braithwaite and her friends.

The group from Knutsford spotted the Labour bus outside the Westminster Hotel in Chester yesterday, according to the Chester Chronicle.

Video of the meeting shows senior aide Bob Roberts leading the negotiations before Miss Braithwaite received an invite to board the bus and meet Mr Miliband.

The lawyer left the coach to cheers from her fellow hens and confirmed she got a photo with the Labour leader.

Mr Miliband later appeared at the door of the coach waving, prompting further screams and cheers.

After high fiving two of the party, he asked: "Are you all here with Nicola, are you?"

A suggestion of a selfie was made by one of the women, prompting the group to chant: "Selfie! Selfie! Selfie! Selfie! Selfie!"

One woman added: "Hashtag Ed."

Mr Miliband was encouraged to look at the different phones thrust before him as the group sought to capture the moment.

He was cheered again as he waved goodbye.

The hen party then shared their excitement about the meeting on Twitter.

Miss Braithwaite jokingly wrote: "Maybe he'll make the big day!"

Her sister Kathryn added: "Only my sister can have a pic with @Ed_Miliband @UKLabour #ed #henparty."

Samantha Steele described it as the "ultimate selfie" while Anna Heaford joked: "The stripper had just arrived for @nicolab13 hen do..! #EdMiliband."

Another member of the hen party described Mr Miliband as "lovely" and suggested he won a few votes from non-voters for his actions.

Anna Yearley, Mr Miliband's political secretary, tweeted: "Definitely the best part of our day - Ed & the hen party."

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