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Ed Miliband: comfortable talking political theory on the sofa in his office, but the real test is at the ballot box

Ed Miliband laughs with incredulity when asked if he will definitely be Labour leader come the next general election. “You’re asking me that?” As if there were anyone else to ask, he and I both glance at his spin doctor. It’s just the three of us in the vast office of the leader of the opposition at the back of Parliament.

“Yes,” Ed replies, chuckling. “Yes.”

And if he felt at any point between now and then that someone…

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