WATCH: Allegra Stratton V Ed Miliband

Turns out Ed’s not tough enuss to stand up to Newsnight’s Allegra Stratton.

Who Was Ed’s Secret Girlfriend in 2005?

“I first met Ed when I went to a friend’s house for dinner,” Justine Miliband tells the Mirror today:

“I was interested in him, I thought he was good looking and clever and seemed to be unattached. But we just went down a conversational cul-de-sac. Apparently we had nothing in common. He wanted to talk about economics – one of my least favourite subjects. None of our conversations went anywhere. Then I found out he was secretly going out with the woman who had invited us for dinner. I was furious.”

But who was Ed’s secret lover at the time? According to John Rentoul it was Stephanie Flanders…

Flanders has admitted to dating both Ed Balls and Ed Miliband, though friends had always claimed it was in the nineties. Curious…

“Could the secrecy have been because he was a Treasury special adviser Stephanie Flanders was BBC economics journalist”, mused Rentoul on Twitter today. Questions to which the answer is oooooh.

Owen Jones Exits Reality Based Community


So we are not allowed to say that a metropolitan liberal lefty lives in North London and now pointing out that Ed Miliband ruined his brother’s life is apparently anti-Semitic.

A spectacularly hypocritical allegation from someone who works at the Guardian.

Could Labour cheerleaders please provide us with a list of pejorative terms we are allowed to use about their spanner of a leader?

Ed Miliband Did Not Win a Blue Peter Badge

Contrary to established internet fact, Ed Miliband never won a Blue Peter badge. Is nothing sacred?

Speaking to Absolute Radio in a rare interview, the Labour leader admitted he had never downed a pint or pulled a moonie and is more a butter chicken chap when it come to curry. Not a terrible outing, though the music choice section was fairly cringe-worthy.

They will be claiming he cannot do a Rubik’s Cube next…

Miliband Fakes Local Support on Own Leaflet

At last it’s here! Ed Miliband’s election address has hit the doormats of Doncaster this week. It’s a riveting read, though it seems the errant local MP has not managed to find any ‘real’ people to endorse him, instead picking Labour Party organisers to masquerade as ordinary local people:

That would be local party member Cynthia Bunting who helps organise and promote fundraisers for Ed in the constituency.

That would Tony Sockett who just happened to be a Labour councillor in Doncaster.

That would be local party supporter Adam Davey. Incidentally Davey works for private sector outsourcing giants Serco, who Ed has directly attacked in the past, claiming last year: “too often large public-sector bureaucracies have been replaced with a large private-sector bureaucracy. A Serco-G4S state can be just as flawed as the centralised state”.

This must be what Labour meant when they promised “less fear and more honesty” in this campaign…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Ed Miliband: I Am Tough Anus

Hell yes!

That’s what £10,000 quid a day training gets you…

Ed Brought to ‘Heal’

Despite Ed’s heavy coaching ahead of last nights debate, he still didn’t have a decent answer to the brother bother. Asked about division in the Miliband family, Ed rather optimistically claimed the rift with David was “healed,” before, realising how implausible that sounded and quickly changing that to “healing”. Kay Burley had the most memorable moment of the night with her ‘your poor mum’ zinger:

Perhaps Ed should have spent a little less time practicing saying ‘hell yeah’ on Skype to Axelrod and a little more time working out a plausible explanation for breaking his mother’s heart…

Respect: Labour Launch “White Van” Campaign

Look away now if your name is Emily Thornberry, but Labour are to launch a special “White Van” election campaign bus. Guido had never seen anything like it, until he got this exclusive picture:

After the disaster of the pink van, it’s time for the “respect-mobile”.[…]


Where’s Ed? Labour Leader Missing

The excellent ElectionLeaflets.Org allows voters to upload and monitor the gazillions of leaflets currently being stuffed through letterboxes up and down the country as polling day approaches. Flicking through the site, Guido was struck by something:

Where’s Ed Miliband on all the Labour leaflets?[…]


Miliband Speaks Out In Kitchen Row

Well done to Jonathan Walker from the Birmingham Mail for asking Ed Miliband the most important question of the day:

“I have only just been catching up with it. I think Justine would probably say she wishes I’d spend more time in the kitchen. 



At Last: A Brilliant Miliband Media Performance

Interesting timing for David Miliband to pop up on the Today programme:



Milimetres: Mystery of Miraculously Massive Miliband

As Guido revealed this morning, Labour MPs were invited to Miliband’s office last week for photos with their leader. One of the few to take up this vote-repelling offer was loyal Toby Perkins:

Though something is not quite right here.[…]


Low Demand For Miliband Snaps For Labour Leaflets

Don’t all rush at once:

From: PLP Resource Centre
Subject: MP portrait shots with Ed Miliband, Wednesday 25 February, 1.15pm-2pm, Ed Miliband’s Office, 2nd Floor, NSS

FAO Labour MPs

Dear colleagues,

There will be an opportunity for colleagues to have portrait photos taken with Ed Miliband on Wednesday 25 February between 1.15pm and 2pm in Ed Miliband’s Office, Second Floor, Norman Shaw South.



Axelrod Speaks: Guru Lukewarm About Miliband on CNN

David Axelrod was caught off guard by Christiane Amanpour on CNN and asked about Ed Miliband. Watch his face fall:



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