Ed Miliband

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Ed Miliband

British Labour Party politician, currently the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition add

Category: Politics

Born in 1969.

Countries: United Kingdom (75%), UK (8%), (7%)

Main connections: Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Alan Johnson

Linked to: Leader of the Labour Party, Doncaster North, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party




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Ed Miliband was born in 1969 add something


Ralph Miliband left his academic career at the London School of Economics in 1972 to take up a post at Leeds University as a Professor of Politics add something


His family moved to Leeds with him in 1973 after he suffered a heart attack, and Miliband attended Featherbank Infant School in Horsforth between 1974 and 1977, during which time he became a fan of Leeds United add something


Between 1978 and 1981, Ed Miliband attended Primrose Hill Primary School in Camden and Haverstock Comprehensive School in Chalk Farm add something


Doncaster North (UK Parliament constituency) - The constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the seats of Don Valley and Goole, and has been a Labour stronghold ever since, currently represented by Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Opposition


In 1989, Miliband gained four A Levels and entered Corpus Christi College, Oxford to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics add something


In 1992, after graduating from Oxford, Miliband began his working career in the media as a researcher to Andrew Rawnsley in the Channel 4 show "A Week in Politics" add something


In 1993,Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Harriet Harman approached Rawnsley to recruit Miliband as her policy researcher and speechwriter add something


In 1994, when Harriet Harman was moved by the newly-elected Labour Leader Tony Blair to become Shadow Secretary of State for Employment, Miliband stayed on in the Shadow Treasury team and was promoted to work for Shadow Chancellor Gordon Brown add something


In 1995, with enouragement from Gordon Brown, Miliband took time out from his job to study at the London School of Economics, where he obtained a Masters in Economics add something


After Labour's 1997 landslide victory, Miliband was appointed as a special adviser to Chancellor Gordon Brown from 1997 to 2002 add something


In early 1999, Miliband was tasked by Gordon Brown to work with Scottish Labour's Election Co-ordinator Douglas Alexander to help overturn the Scottish National Party's opinion poll lead in the run-up to the first devolved Scottish Parliament election add something


The pair met in 2002 and lived together in North London, before becoming engaged in March 2010 add something


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


News International phone hacking scandal - Leader of the opposition Ed Miliband called on Rebekah Brooks, the "News of the World" editor in 2002, and the chief executive of News International, to "consider her conscience and consider her position"


Though he wasn't in Parliament at the time of the 2003 vote, he remains a strong critic of the Iraq War add something


Returning to the UK after Christmas, in January 2004, Gordon Brown appointed Miliband as Chairman of HM Treasury's Council of Economic Advisers as a replacement for Ed Balls, with specific responsibility for directing the UK's long-term economic planning add something


He has been the Member of Parliament for Doncaster North since 2005 and served in the Cabinet from 2007 to 2010 under Prime Minister Gordon Brown add something


In early 2005, Miliband resigned from the Treasury to stand for election add something


Doncaster North (UK Parliament constituency) - "'Doncaster North"' is a constituency in South Yorkshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party


The same organisation's polling did find that Miliband's personal ratings in his first full year of leadership were better than David Cameron's during his first full year as Conservative Leader in 2006 however add something


In Tony Blair's cabinet reshuffle in May 2006, he was made the Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office, as Minister for the Third Sector, with responsibility for voluntary and charity organisations add something


In June 2007, when Brown became Prime Minister, Miliband was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and promoted to the Cabinet add something


As Prime Minister, Gordon Brown appointed Miliband as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 28 June 2007 add something


He was subsequently promoted to the new post of Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, a position he held from 3 October 2008 to 11 May 2010 add something


On 3 October 2008, Miliband was promoted to become Secretary of State for the newly-created Department of Energy and Climate Change in a Cabinet reshuffle add something


Steve Webb - Following Gordon Brown's reshuffle in October 2008, he shadowed Ed Miliband in the newly formed Department for Energy and Climate Change


Liam Byrne - Gordon Brown named him Minister for the Cabinet Office in October 2008, replacing the promoted Ed Miliband, and was appointed to the Privy Council as a result


Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - In October 2008, the climate team at Defra was merged with the energy team from the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to create the Department of Energy and Climate Change, headed by Ed Miliband


During the 2009 parliamentary expenses scandal, Miliband was named by the "Daily Telegraph" as one of the "saints" of the scandal, due to his claiming one of the lowest amounts of expenses in the House of Commons and submitting no claims that later had to be paid back add something


They have two sons, born 2009 and 2010 add something


Peter Hain - He later returned to the Cabinet from 2009 to 2010 as Welsh Secretary, before becoming Shadow Welsh Secretary in Ed Miliband's Shadow Cabinet from 2010 until 2012, when he announced his retirement from front-line politics


Emily Thornberry - In 2009 Thornberry was made a ministerial aide in the Department of Energy & Climate Change and attended the Copenhagen Summit in December that year with Joan Ruddock and Ed Miliband


Dugher would later become an MP in 2010 add something


Miliband has previously spoken positively of his brother David, praising his record as Foreign Secretary, and saying that "his door was always open" following David's decision not to stand for the Shadow Cabinet in 2010 add something


Veteran MPs Tom Watson, Jon Trickett, Stephen Twigg and Vernon Coaker were promoted to the Shadow Cabinet, as were several of the 2010 intake, including Chuka Umunna, Margaret Curran and Rachel Reeves, with Liz Kendall and Michael Dugher given the right to attend Shadow Cabinet add something


On 14 May 2010, following his brother's announcement of his own candidacy the day earlier, Miliband announced that he would stand as a candidate for the leadership of the Labour Party add something


On 25 September 2010, he was elected Leader of the Labour Party add something


On becoming Leader of the Labour Party on 25 September 2010, Miliband became Leader of the Opposition add something


The first election to the Shadow Cabinet that took place under Miliband's leadership was on 7 October 2010 add something


Following the election, Miliband unveiled his Shadow Cabinet on 8 October 2010 add something


He had his first Prime Minister's Questions as Labour Leader on 13 October 2010, raising questions about the government's announced removal of a non-means tested child benefit add something


Helen Goodman - After the 2010 General Election, Goodman nominated Ed Miliband to be the leader of the Labour Party


Emily Thornberry - After the 2010 general election, Thornberry was promoted to Shadow Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, under Ed Miliband


Ralph Miliband - Both his sons, David and Ed Miliband went on to become senior members of the Labour Party following their father's death, with the latter defeating the former to be elected party leader in 2010


Douglas Alexander - Following Labour's 2010 election defeat and subsequent election of Ed Miliband as party leader, Alexander was made the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions until January 2011, when following a cabinet re-shuffle, he was appointed the Shadow Foreign Secretary,


Kevin Brennan (politician) - Following the 2010 General Election he continued this role in a Shadow Ministerial capacity before Ed Miliband's decision to appoint Brennan to his current position of Shadow Minister for Schools


Neil Kinnock - He was an enthusiastic supporter of Ed Miliband's campaign to lead the Labour Party in 2010, and was reported as telling activists, when Ed Miliband won, "We've got our party back"


Yvette Cooper - She came top in the 2010 ballot for places in the Shadow Cabinet and there was speculation that Ed Miliband would appoint her Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, but she was appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary, shadowing William Hague, a job she did for just under four months


David Tennant - In 2010 he declared his support for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in April 2010 he lent his voice to a Labour Party election broadcast and in 2012 introduced Labour leader Ed Miliband at the Labour Party Conference


Labour Party (UK) - Harriet Harman became the Leader of the Opposition and acting Leader of the Labour Party following the resignation of Gordon Brown on 11 May 2010, pending a leadership election subsequently won by Ed Miliband


Roberta Blackman-Woods - Blackman-Woods was appointed Shadow Minister for Business in June 2010, before being moved to shadow the Civil Society Minister by new Labour Leader Ed Miliband in October 2010


Pat McFadden (British politician) - After Ed Miliband's election as Labour leader in September 2010, McFadden announced his decision to stand in Labour's shadow cabinet election


Harriet Harman - She was the interim Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition from 11 May to 25 September 2010, until Ed Miliband took over the role


Sharon Hodgson - Back in opposition, the new Labour Leader, Ed Miliband, appointed her Shadow Children and Families Minister in October 2010


Caroline Flint - In October 2010, she was elected to the Shadow Cabinet, and Ed Miliband appointed her Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government


Alan Johnson - Johnson was chosen as Shadow Chancellor in Ed Miliband's first shadow cabinet, appointed on 8 October 2010


Ed Balls - New Labour Leader Ed Miliband appointed Balls Shadow Home Secretary on 8 October 2010, a job he held until 20 January 2011, when the resignation of Alan Johnson due to "personal reasons" led Miliband to announce Balls as Labour's Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer


In 2011, Miliband spoke positively about some of former Prime Minister and Conservative Leader Margaret Thatcher's policies, saying, " add something


In the 2011 Alternative Vote referendum, Miliband refused to share a platform with Clegg, stating that he had become "too toxic" a brand, and that he would harm the "Yes to AV" campaign add something


This was seen to have influenced his 2011 Conference Speech, signalling "predatory and productive capitalism" add something


Alan Johnson would later resign from his position, stepping down for "personal reasons" on 20 January 2011, necessitating Miliband's first reshuffle, in which he made Balls Shadow Chancellor, Cooper Shadow Home Secretary and Douglas Alexander Shadow Foreign Secretary add something


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 add something


Miliband's first electoral tests as Labour Leader came in the elections to the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and various councils across England, excluding London on 5 May 2011 add something


After marrying Thornton in a civil ceremony on 27 May 2011, he paid tribute to his Jewish heritage by following the tradition of breaking a glass add something


On 24 June 2011, it was reported that 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 add something


In July 2011, following the revelation that the News of the World had paid private investigators to hack into the phones of Milly Dowler, as well as the families of murder victims and deceased servicemen, Miliband called for News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks to resign, urged David Cameron to establish a public and judge-led inquiry into the scandal and announced that he would force a Commons vote on whether to block the News International bid for a controlling stake in BSkyB add something


Following the riots in England in August 2011, Miliband called for a public inquiry into the events, and insisted that society had "to avoid simplistic answers" add something


In September 2011, Miliband stated that a future Labour Government would immediately cut the cap on tuition fees for university students from £9,000 per year to £6,000, though he stated that he remained committed to a graduate tax in the long-run add something


On 5 July, Labour MPs voted overwhelmingly to back the rule change, paving the way for NEC and Conference approval, which was attained in September 2011 add something


In December 2011 Miliband appointed Tim Livesey, a former adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury, to be his full-time Chief of Staff add something


Scottish Labour Party - Following the 2011 Scottish election, Ed Miliband commissioned a review of the future structure and operation of the Labour Party in Scotland, co-chaired by Jim Murphy MP and Sarah Boyack MSP.


Andrew Gwynne - He was appointed to the Shadow Health team in 2011 by Labour leader Ed Miliband


Labour Party (UK) - These ideas have been given an endorsement by Ed Miliband who in 2011 wrote the preface to a book expounding Blue Labour's positions


Alan Johnson - He appeared as one of the main Labour supporters of the Yes campaign at a London event on 3 May 2011, at which Ed Miliband appeared


Rebekah Brooks - In July 2011, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband said Brooks should "consider her position" after the Milly Dowler allegations


Wallasey (UK Parliament constituency) - Angela Eagle was Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury for two years Minister for Pensions and Ageing Society for a year at the close of the Brown Ministry, before becoming in opposition Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury until October 2011, when in the general Shadow Cabinet reshuffle of Ed Miliband, she succeeded the Rt Hon Hilary Benn as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons


Mary Creagh - In October 2011 Creagh was retained by Labour leader Ed Miliband as Shadow Environment Secretary


Noel Gallagher - In October 2011 Gallagher told Newsnight he believes the Labour leader Ed Miliband is "utterly uninspiring and dull", and says he has no idea what he stands for


Andrew Gwynne - In the Opposition front bench reshuffle of October 2011, he was appointed to the Shadow Health team by Ed Miliband


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


In his first speech of 2012, Miliband said that if Labour won the next general election that the times would be difficult economically, but that Labour was still the only party capable of delivering "fairness" add something


Following the announcement in late January 2012 that the Chief Executive Officer of the nationalised Royal Bank of Scotland, Stephen Hester, would receive a bonus worth £950,000, Miliband called the amount "disgraceful", and urged David Cameron to act to prevent the bonus add something


In March 2012 Miliband pledged his support for same sex marriage add something


In April 2012, in the midst of a debate about the nature of political party funding, Miliband called on David Cameron to institute a £5,000 cap on donations from individuals and organisations to political parties, after it had been suggested that the government favoured a cap of £50,000 add something


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


In September 2012 Miliband was reported to have praised former Conservative Leader Margaret Thatcher for creating an era of aspiration in the 1980s, and is quoted as having said "My dad was sceptical of all the Thatcher aspirational stuff add something


Daniel Radcliffe - In 2012, however, Radcliffe switched his allegiance to Labour, citing disappointment with the performance of Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems in government, and approving of the Labour leader, Ed Miliband


Following the death of former Prime Minister and Conservative Leader Margaret Thatcher in 2013, Miliband spoke in a House of Commons sitting specially convened to pay tributes to her add something


Upon David's announcement in 2013 that he would resign as a Labour MP and move to New York to head the International Rescue Committee, Miliband said that British politics would be "a poorer place" without him, and that he thought David "would once again make a contribution to British public life add something


On 23 January 2013, during Prime Minister's Questions, there was an exchange between Miliband and David Cameron on the topic of holding a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union add something


On 18 March 2013, Miliband reached a deal with both Cameron and Nick Clegg on new press regulation laws following the Leveson Inquiry, which he said "satisfied the demands of protection for victims and freedom of the press" add something


In April 2013, Miliband pledged ahead of the upcoming county elections that Labour would change planning laws to give local authorities greater authority to decide what shops can open in their high streets add something


In June 2013, Miliband announced that the "hard reality" meant a future Labour Government would not be able to borrow money to reverse all cuts in government spending add something


On 4 July 2013, Miliband sacked his election campaign co-ordinator Tom Watson from the Shadow Cabinet following the report of corruption allegations in the 2013 Labour Party Falkirk candidate selection row add something


In August 2013, following the recall of Parliament to discuss an alleged chemical attack in Syria, Miliband announced that Labour would oppose any military intervention on the basis that there was insufficient evidence add something


Jack Dromey - He was appointed Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government in the Ed Miliband shadow frontbench and Shadow Policing Minister in 2013


Daily Mail - In September 2013, the "Mail" was criticised for an article about Ralph Miliband,, father of the Labour Party leader Ed Miliband which claimed that he "hated Britain"


Wonga.com - In November 2013, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband criticised payday lenders for creating a "Wonga economy" and "a quiet crisis of thousands of families trapped in unpayable debt


In June 2014, speaking before Labour Friends of Israel, he said that, if elected as prime minister, he would seek closer ties with Israel add something


Sol Campbell - In 2014, he criticised Ed Miliband's proposals for a mansion tax on properties worth over £2m, calling it "madness"


Jamie Reed - Reed famously helped out his party leader, Ed Miliband, who declared he felt "respect" on seeing a white van, following Emily Thornberry's "White Van Gate" tweet prior to the Rochester and Strood by-election, 2014 result, stating during PMQs: "When I see a white van, I wonder whether it's my father or my brother who is driving"


Ann Clwyd - In February 2014, after informing part leader Ed Miliband and revealing her decision at the monthly meeting of the Cynon Valley Labour Party, Clwyd announced that she is to stand down at the 2015 UK General Election


David Owen - In March 2014, it was revealed that Owen had donated over £7,500 to the Labour Party, following leader Ed Miliband's reforms of the party's links with trade unions


David Axelrod - In April 2014 it emerged that Axelrod had been appointed to the position of senior strategic adviser to the British Labour Party with a view to advising party leader Ed Miliband in the run-up to the 2015 general election


Pat McFadden (British politician) - He was briefly Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and from October 2014 to January 2016 was Shadow spokesman on Europe under Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn


Alan Johnson - In November 2014, amid criticism within the party of its leader Ed Miliband, Johnson again denied speculation that he was a potential leadership candidate


Helen Goodman - On 3 December 2014, she became Shadow Minister for Welfare Reform as part of a small reshuffle by Ed Miliband


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 add something


On 30 March 2015, the Parliament of the United Kingdom dissolved and a general election was called for 7 May. Miliband began his campaign by launching a "manifesto for business", stating that only by voting Labour would the UK's position within the European Union be secure add something


He resigned as Labour Party leader in May 2015, following Labour's loss to the Conservatives at the 2015 general election add something


Following Labour's loss to the Conservative Party at the general election, Miliband announced his resignation as leader on 8 May 2015 and instructed the party to put into motion the processes to elect a new leader add something


Michael Fallon - During the run-up to the 2015 general election Fallon wrote an article in the Times saying that Ed Miliband had stabbed his brother in the back to become Labour leader and he would stab the UK in the back to become prime minister


Ronnie O'Sullivan - He endorsed Labour's Ed Miliband in the 2015 general election


Socialism - In 2015, following a defeat at the 2015 United Kingdom general election, self-described socialist Jeremy Corbyn took over from Ed Miliband as leader of the Labour Party


M&C Saatchi - In 2015, the agency was behind the Tory election campaign posters, picturing Ed Miliband in Alex Salmond's pocket


Ronnie O'Sullivan - Previously a non-political follower he came out in support in 2015 for the Labour Party and Ed Miliband, after playing against him in a game of pool


Labour Party (UK) - The resultant row has so far caused the suspension of two local party members, the resignation of Deputy Leader Tom Watson MP as Labour's 2015 election strategist, and the forwarding by Ed Miliband of the NEC internal report into the situation to Police Scotland


Jim Sheridan (politician) - He was one of 16 signatories of an open letter to Ed Miliband in January 2015 calling on the party to commit to oppose further austerity, take rail franchises back into public ownership and strengthen collective bargaining arrangements


David Anderson (UK politician) - He was one of 16 signatories of an open letter to Ed Miliband in January 2015 calling on the party to commit to oppose further austerity, take rail franchises back into public ownership and strengthen collective bargaining arrangements


Linda Riordan - She was one of 16 signatories of an open letter to Ed Miliband in January 2015 calling on the party to commit to oppose further austerity, take rail franchises back into public ownership and strengthen collective bargaining arrangements


Katy Clark - She was one of 16 signatories of an open letter to Ed Miliband in January 2015 calling on the party to commit to oppose further austerity, take rail franchises back into public ownership and strengthen collective bargaining arrangements


Jeremy Paxman - On 26 March 2015 Paxman co-presented, with Kay Burley, " David Cameron and Ed Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10", in which he interviewed both British Prime Minister David Cameron and Opposition Leader Ed Miliband regarding their track record in politics and their plans if elected Prime Minister in the general election set for May of that year


Duncan Bannatyne - In April 2015, only a week after signing a letter to "The Daily Telegraph" supporting the Conservative Party in the 2015 General Election, he reversed his position, and pledged his vote to Labour, praising leader Ed Miliband's "courage" in pledging to scrap non-domiciled tax status


Russell Brand - On 29 April 2015, eight days ahead of the following month's general election, Brand published an interview with Labour leader Ed Miliband on an episode of "The Trews" as part of a "Trews Politics Week" series


Labour Party (UK) - The most recent leader of the party was Ed Miliband, who resigned on 8 May 2015


Andy Burnham - On 13 May 2015, Burnham announced that he would run to succeed Ed Miliband in the September 2015 leadership election


Yvette Cooper - On 13 May 2015, Cooper announced she would run to be Leader of the Labour Party in the leadership election following the resignation of Ed Miliband


Ed Balls - On 13 May 2015, allegations surfaced in the press from an ally of Ed Balls that Ed Miliband's Leaders Office had deliberately withheld internal Labour Party poll figures showing that Ed Balls would be likely to face defeat in his constituency seat


Mary Creagh - On 14 May 2015, Creagh announced her candidacy for Leader of the Labour Party, after Ed Miliband's resignation following the 2015 general election


Mary Creagh - On 14 May 2015, Creagh announced she would run for Leader of the Labour Party in the leadership election resulting from Ed Miliband's resignation, though she later withdrew her candidacy


In May 2016, Miliband appeared on "BBC Question Time", arguing in favour of remain in the UK's EU referendum and subsequently campaigned for a remain vote add something


BrightHouse (retailer) - In 2016 former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband joined a campaign against Brighthouse in his Doncaster constituency


The policy that attracted the most attention was the commitment to help tackle the 'cost-of-living crisis' by freezing gas and electricity prices until 2017 to give time to 'reset the market' in favour of consumers add something


In June 2017, Miliband guest presented Jeremy Vine's BBC Radio 2 show add something


In November 2017, Miliband appeared on Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast as a joint guest with Geoff Lloyd add something


Nick Hewer - While appearing on Question Time in 2017 he stated that he has supported the party since Harold Wilson, but was critical of the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and Ed Milliband


Glenis Willmott - She was honoured with a 'thank you' dinner on 4 November 2017 which celebrated her career and contribution to the Labour Party and European politics; the dinner was attended by Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Labour Party as well as former leader Ed Miliband


Steve Richards - In 2018, he presented another series of unscripted episodes for BBC Parliament, entitled "Reflections: The Prime Ministers We Never Had", which profiled Rab Butler, Denis Healey, Tony Benn, Roy Jenkins, Neil Kinnock, Michael Heseltine, Kenneth Clarke, Michael Portillo, and David Miliband and Ed Miliband