35 Facts About Ed Miliband

1. In 2012, Ed Miliband wrote, "Like many others from Holocaust families, I have a paradoxical relationship with this history.

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2. Ed Miliband is of Jewish heritage—the first Jewish leader of the Labour Party—and describes himself as a Jewish atheist.

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3. Ed Miliband has spoken positively of his two immediate predecessors as Labour leader, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, praising their leadership and records in government.

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4. Ed Miliband endorsed the Blue Labour trend in the Labour Party, founded by Maurice Glasman.

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5. Ed Miliband called for "responsible capitalism" when Google's Eric Schmidt commented on his corporation's non-payment of tax.

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6. Ed Miliband backed UK military action and intervention in Afghanistan and Libya respectively.

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7. Ed Miliband repeatedly spoke of the need for a "new politics".

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8. Ed Miliband described himself as a new type of Labour politician, looking to move beyond the divisiveness of Blairism and Brownism, and calling for an end to the "factionalism and psychodramas" of Labour's past.

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9. In September 2016, Ed Miliband joined the editorial board of The Political Quarterly journal, an unremunerated role.

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10. In May 2016, Ed Miliband appeared on the BBC's Question Time, arguing in favour of remain in the UK's EU referendum and subsequently campaigned for a Remain vote.

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11. Ed Miliband has spoken about inequality and argued in favour of the Paris climate change agreement.

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12. In May 2014, Ed Miliband led Labour through the European Parliament elections, where the party increased its number of Members of the European Parliament from 13 to 20.

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13. Ed Miliband said that Labour would introduce more strenuous laws relating to pay-day lenders and betting shops.

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14. Ed Miliband launched Labour's campaign for the 2012 local elections with a speech in Birmingham, accusing the coalition government of "betrayal", and claiming that it "lacked the values" that Britain needed.

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15. Ed Miliband conducted a final mini-reshuffle ahead of the 2015 general election in November 2014, when Jim Murphy resigned as Shadow International Development Secretary to become Leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

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16. On 7 October 2013, Ed Miliband reshuffled his Shadow Cabinet for the third time, saying that this would be the last reshuffle before the general election.

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17. On 24 June 2011, it was reported that Ed Miliband was seeking to change the decades-old rule that Labour's Shadow Cabinet would be elected every two years, instead wanting to adopt a system where he alone had the authority to select its members.

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18. Ed Miliband made an unplanned visit to Lanarkshire to draw a contrast between a Labour and Conservative future for Scotland within the UK.

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19. Ed Miliband campaigned in the Scottish independence referendum with the cross-party Better Together campaign, supporting Scotland's membership of the United Kingdom.

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20. On 14 July 2012, Ed Miliband became the first Leader of the Labour Party to attend and address the Durham Miners' Gala in 23 years.

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21. Ed Miliband said he would tackle "vested interests", citing energy and rail companies.

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22. In December 2011 Ed Miliband appointed Tim Livesey, a former adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury, to be his full-time chief of staff.

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23. Ed Miliband said Labour did not do enough to tackle moral problems during its 13 years in office.

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24. Ed Miliband spoke at a large "March for the Alternative" rally held in London on 26 March 2011 to protest against cuts to public spending, though he was criticised by some for comparing it to the anti-apartheid and American civil rights movements.

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25. Ed Miliband launched his campaign during a speech given at a Fabian Society conference and was nominated by 62 fellow Labour MPs.

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26. On 3 October 2008, Ed Miliband was promoted to become Secretary of State for the newly created Department of Energy and Climate Change in a cabinet reshuffle.

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27. Ed Miliband was additionally given the task of drafting Labour's manifesto for the 2010 general election.

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28. Ed Miliband applied for selection to be the candidate in the safe Labour seat and won, beating off a close challenge from Michael Dugher, then a SPAD to Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon.

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29. In early 2005, Ed Miliband resigned his advisory role to HM Treasury to stand for election.

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30. On 25 July 2002, it was announced that Ed Miliband would take a 12-month unpaid sabbatical from HM Treasury to be a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies of Harvard University for two semesters.

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31. Ed Miliband went on to graduate from the London School of Economics with a Master of Science in Economics.

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32. Ed Miliband learned to play the violin while at school, and as a teenager, he reviewed films and plays on LBC Radio's Young London programme as one of its fortnightly "Three O'Clock Reviewers".

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33. Ed Miliband led his party into several elections, including the 2014 European Parliament election.

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34. Ed Miliband was elected to the House of Commons in 2005.

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35. Ed Miliband became first a television journalist, then a Labour Party researcher and a visiting scholar at Harvard University, before rising to become one of Chancellor Gordon Brown's confidants and Chairman of HM Treasury's Council of Economic Advisers.

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