Ted Miliband? What else don’t we know about the Labour leader’s past?

Did you know Miliband was an economics lecturer at Harvard?

A fresh-faced youth looks into the camera and speaks about unaffordable rent rises. He looks familiar. That’s Ted Miliband.

Ted Miliband, now known as Ed, led a protest against private landlords’ rent hikes while studying at Oxford, and spoke to ITV news during the campaign.

He later described the protest as “the best four weeks at university”.

Apparently the brief video hadn’t emerged earlier due to Miliband’s name change. Speaking to ITV this week, Miliband said: “I was a Ted, I was a Ted, it feels like a long time ago, that’s probably because it was a long time ago.”

Watch the video here.

Ted/Ed has clearly developed a bit of a habit of dropping his ‘T’s, as demonstrated by last week’s glottal-stop-stocked interview with Russell Brand. Sample quote: “That’s the hard yards, but yuh go’a do it.”

What else didn’t we know about the Labour leader?

Radio

Miliband’s first job, if you can describe it as such, was discussing politics on the radio. As unlikely as it seems, Miliband launched his career in oratory on LBC’s airwaves. At the age of 13, he was a teenage pundit on LBC show Young London, hosted by LBC regular, Clive Bull, discussing the major issues affecting youth in the capital.

TV

After leaving university, Miliband enjoyed a brief stint in TV, working as a researcher for co-presenter Andrew Rawnsley on Channel 4’s A Week in Politics. He was subsequently recruited by Harriet Harman to join her shadow department.

Havard

Miliband has an impressive academic track record. He gained a 2.1 in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and a Masters in Economics from LSE.

After joining Labour and working for the treasury, Miliband then took a two year sabbatical in order to teach economics at Harvard. He ran a course titled “What’s Left? The Politics of Social Justice”, and worked alongside Senator John Kerry, before returning to the UK.

Good old Ed. Or is that Ted?

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Readers' comments (2)


  • If Ed gets in tomorrow, we'll have a Prime Minister who understands Economics - that'll be a novelty!

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  • If T/Ed gets in tomorrow, we may have a PM who understands economics but a) he won't be the Chancellor, and b) he was part of the last Labour government that left the country in a mess!

    The country does not need more career politicians who feign sincerity, or whose desperation to to be all things to all people includes consulting and attempting to emulate Russell Brand, a pointless non-entity with a fake cockerney accent, who can't even make up his mind whether voting in right or wrong!

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