Top Mirror Hack Nicked in Canary Wharf Raid

The Mirror’s pugnacious ‘Head of Agenda’, Lee Harpin, who was heading up the paper’s election coverage, is lifted in a police raid on their Canary Wharf offices:

The tenth Trinity Mirror journalist to be arrested. He’ll be harpin’ on about this one…

UPDATE:

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Who’s ya friend Ed?

#Milifandom is Back, In Greater Numbers!

Mili No Mates: An Occasional Series

First he was in PCH by himself.

Then alone on the slow train to Bedford.

This lunchtime Ed Miliband has been snapped by a parliamentary co-conspirator: “standing by himself in the middle of the atrium weirdly walking around. People were looking at him with the expression of ‘WTF?'”

Back to work…

Mili No Mates Update

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Ed cut a lonely figure on the slow train to Bedford last night… sad man on a train.

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Appears to have three phones for company though…

Continui-tea Miliband: Kinnock Spotted in Burnham HQ

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A co-conspirator over at 83 Victoria Street reports that Neil Kinnock was in the building this morning.

The Westminster serviced office block hosts both Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham’s leadership campaign teams, and no prizes for guessing where the windbag was heading.

The Burnham camp are playing down the meeting, with a source telling Guido that it was just a cup of tea and that the former leader will have “no role, formal or informal” on the campaign: “Andy meets with people from across the party”.

Kinnock didn’t pop in to see Liz though…

Miliband Gags Press Over Dirty Encounter on Hampstead Heath

This morning’s Jewish Telegraph claims Ed Miliband threatened to sue them if they published Richard Desmond’s account of a meeting between the media mogul and former Labour leader. The paper’s splash alleges:

“The former Labour leader was furious over allegations that he had made offensive remarks to Desmond about Israeli action against Palestinians. The Daily Express owner had told the Jewish Telegraph that Miliband had verbally attacked Israel during a chance encounter on London’s Hampstead Heath.

Miliband’s spokesman, who had seen a full transcript of Desmond’s interview, said: “You should expect legal action and/or a complaint to the press watchdog if you go ahead with publication.”

They go on:

“Desmond alleged that Miliband made certain remarks about Israel, which we have chosen not to print.

The newspaper chief suggested that Miliband had been “in such a rage. I couldn’t stop him – he was going berserk [about Israel’s actions]”.”

So what did angry Ed say?

And what is it with him meeting people on Hampstead Heath? Maybe Gareth can mediate…

Mili No Mates

Spotted in PCH dining alone this lunch time:

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“I could have been someone, I could have been a contender…”

Prezza Smacks Down David Miliband

“We’ve gone through that period. The Miliband period is now gone”

No Jags had declared that David Miliband should “shut up”…

Ashcroft Offers Labour £100,000 for the #EdStone

The must have accessory for any politico-billionaire…

If you have already been priced out of the auction, you can build your own #EdStone here.[…]

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David Miliband’s Advice For Labour

Marginally more welcome than an intervention from his brother in the Labour leadership race…

Miliband Snr told CNN last night:

“What I think is important for all of the candidates is to reflect on the very clear lessons of two devastating electoral defeats for the Labour Party in the last five years, that have come for a very clear reason.

[…]

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Miliband Back This Autumn (David)

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Prepare your code breaking skills.

“David Miliband will address over 2,000 business leaders in a keynote speech at this year’s IoD Annual Convention on Tuesday 6th October, the Institute of Directors has announced today.”

Just in time for conference.

Rumour has it that David has told his tenants they need to be out of his house by the autumn, as he’s moving back to London…[…]

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#EdStone Update: No Confirmation of Destruction

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Patrick Wintour’s Labour campaign post-mortem has some interesting detail on the only thing Miliband will be remembered for: The Ed Stone:

“The stone’s demolition, in the event of a Labour loss, had been agreed at the time it was commissioned. After the election, the party drew up two plans for its disposal: one was simply to smash the stone up and throw the rubble onto a scrap heap.

[…]

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The Truth About “Dr” Eoin Clarke

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Much amusement as Andy Burnham’s favourite blogger continues to damage the Labour cause. After Burnham moved yesterday to distance himself from dodgy photoshop nutter ‘Dr’ Eoin Clarke, it emerges that Team Miliband also viewed the proven bullsh*t artist as an asset:

“When one Labour staffer attempted to dismiss Clarke’s latest laughable graphic, the two staffers were heard saying ‘we must not underestimate Éoin Clarke’.”

Guido suspects that there was a touch of academic solidarity occurring here…

Much has been made of ‘Dr’ Eoin’s eminent thesis on radical Irish feminism, but what does he actually do as a day job?[…]

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Meanwhile, in Ibiza…

The Milibands have been spotted having it large.[…]

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David Miliband Twists Knife Into Ed

“Both in 2010 and 2015, Gordon and then Ed allowed themselves to be portrayed as moving backwards from the principles of aspiration and inclusion…

Either we build on what Labour achieved after 1997 and we have a chance to succeed, or we abandon it and we fail.”

On his relationship with Ed:

“I’ve always said you remain brothers for life and that’s something that has to be kept.”

Loving words…[…]

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PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Ed Lands in Ibiza

Looks like he’s ready to party.

Checking Twitter…[…]

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