By Reena Kumar

The Labour leader Ed Miliband has cancelled his visit to India, saying he needs to be in Britain because of the severe flooding crisis.

Miliband visited homes in the Thames Valley yesterday but found himself being asked to leave a school hall in Wraysbury after the wife of the Conservative deputy mayor accused him of arriving for "a photo opportunity."

He said that the flooding was a “wake up call” for higher spending on defences. Miliband was due to visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar next week during his first trip to the country as party leader. He was also set to visit Mumbai to talk with business leaders and Delhi where he had requested meetings with the prime minister Manmohan Singh, as well as Congress Party vice president Rahul Gandhi. 

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