Ed cut a lonely figure on the slow train to Bedford last night… sad man on a train.
Appears to have three phones for company though…
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…
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…
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.
And the reason is the that public have concluded that instead of building on the strengths and remedying the weaknesses of the Blair years, the party has turned the page backwards rather than turning the page forward.
So I think its the responsibility of all the candidates, to find again that combination of economic dynamism and social justice that defined the success of the Labour Party in the 1990s and early 2000s.”
That will be Liz then.
Miliband also said “leaving Europe would be like resigning from the world.”
From the man who resigned from Britain…
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…