Labour leader Ed Miliband chose to end his week at his party’s conference in Manchester with a visit to Weatherfield.
Mr Miliband went into the Rovers to meet Michelle Collins (Stella Price), Catherine Tyldesley (Eva Price) and Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) and out on the cobbles he spoke to Eileen Derbyshire (Emily Bishop and Malcolm Hebden (Norris Cole) during filming for scenes to air at Xmas.
After delivering his keynote at the conference without notes or autocue, Mr Miliband wanted to know how the actors managed to learn their lines to which Michelle Collins replied that actors sometimes cheat by hiding their lines on props like beer mats.
“It feels very real”, Mr Miliband said after being asked his thoughts on the set. He later admitted that he is usually too busy to watch the soap but that his wife, Justine, is a fan.