As Ed Miliband suns himself or drowns his sorrows in Ibiza it appears his ever ridiculed “Ed Stone” has been exiled to a bleak warehouse in Woolwich.

The 8ft carved pledge stone is rumoured to be gathering dust in a storage facility at the aptly-named Westminster Industrial estate.

The Daily Mail says it has tracked down the plinth - worth an estimated £30,000 – to the moss-covered storage unit, owned by stone conservation company Paye.

Newspapers were offering rewards including a case of champagne in return for news of the slabs whereabouts with The Sun even setting up a dedicated “Ed Stone hotline.”


The tablet, which many argued sealed Mr Miliband’s fate, was originally unveiled in the marginal Hastings seat featuring Labour’s six key election promises.

The Daily Mail also reports the maker of the stone admitting he was a "true blue" Tory who “felt sorry” for Mr Miliband when the stunt went dramatically wrong.

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Westminster Industrial estate, Woolwich (Photo: Google)

One worker described the storage site as “full of stones – stacks and stacks of them” – a far cry from Mr Miliband’s plan to install it in the Prime Minister’s garden at Number 10.

Paye’s chief executive Adrian Paye told the Daily Mail: "It’s a storage facility. We keep things there until people ask to have them moved.”

Owner of Stone Circle, which produced the carving, Jeff Vanhinsbergh, told the paper: “I’m a true blue. It does seem that stone was the final nail in the coffin for Ed Miliband.

"I do feel a bit sorry for him as I’m sure it wasn’t his idea and he was just doing what his strategists told him.

“But whoever did come up with the idea, oh dear.

“It looked like he was trying to recreate the Ten Commandments."

Mr Miliband ignored countrywide ridicule when the plinth was unveiled saying his pledges were carved in stone as they would not be abandoned after the election.

Social media users were quick to mock the carving, using the hashtags #Milstone and #Edstone on Twitter.

One of its heaviest critics, London Mayor Boris Johnson dubbed it “the heaviest suicide note in history” and “some weird commie slab”.