A new lawn has broken, has it not? Ed Miliband does some gardening to win support in Doncaster North

Twenty years on from Tony Blair’s new dawn, one of his successors as Labour leader is offering voters something more practical: a new lawn.

Ed Miliband, who is running for re-election as MP for Doncaster North at the general election, found himself in charge of a lawnmower while he was out canvassing yesterday.

The owner of the lawn clearly had her decision-making process cut short, as a Labour campaigner said Mr Miliband’s gardening had won the voter’s support.

Mr Miliband said it was part of a “grassroots strategy”.

He has held the seat since 2005, increasing his majority in the 2015 election.

However, the seat also had the largest Leave vote in South Yorkshire at last year’s EU referendum, according to academic estimates.