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Political notes: what is a Milibandite?

Labour’s new leader made a smart choice in picking his shadow chancellor, now he must establish what it means to be a Milibandite

By Anne McElvoy   November 2010

Rarely has the election of any political leader been greeted as sotto voce as that of Ed Miliband. Arriving in Manchester the morning after he pipped his brother David to the top post, I was struck by how stunned and funereal the party felt. If this is Labour when it’s in good spirits, heaven help us when it’s feeling a bit down.

The battle of the brothers never could have had a happy outcome. Tony Blair’s old aide Peter Hyman speaks for many on the party’s right of centre when he talks of the Ed victory being “a ghastly, egotistical…

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