Ed Miliband

Miliband's year of empathy

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

An international autism expert has shed light on his efforts to help Ed Miliband understand empathy.

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen said he had been working with the Labour leader for more than a year.

In a keynote speech last week, Mr Miliband said empathy was one of the most under-rated virtues in politics.

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Israel’s true friends

July 24, 2014

In recent months, Ed Miliband has made a concerted effort to embrace the Jewish community. He has visited Israel. He has spoken of rediscovering his Jewish roots. And he ended his speech to the Labour Friends of Israel with the declaration that he would enter Downing Street proud to be a “friend of Israel, a Jew and… part of the community”.

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Labour opposed to Israel’s Gaza invasion, says Ed Miliband

By Daniel Easterman, July 22, 2014

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has said he is firmly opposed to Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Mr Miliband said: “We oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza. I don't think it will help win Israel friends. I don't think this will make the situation better. I fear it will make it worse.”

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Meet the J-team behind Miliband

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2014

He is the first to admit he is not a religious man, but there have undoubtedly been Jewish influences that have steered Ed Miliband's politics and ideology. And they are growing.

The Labour leader's philosophy has been shaped partly by Jewish intellectuals, none more so than his late father, Ralph, and his deepening interest in his family's past.

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Miliband warms the hearts of the Labour Friends

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

Opposition leader Ed Miliband received a standing ovation at the Labour Friends of Israel annual lunch on Tuesday after his most personal declaration of pride in his Jewishness since his election to the role four years ago.

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What ed said: extracts from the Labour leader's speech to the LFI

June 19, 2014

As we touched down on that pre-Passover plane, it immediately took me back to being a young boy and travelling to Israel for the first time.

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Trade unions attack Israel 'to spite Miliband'

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

Attempts by Ed Miliband to reform Labour's links with the trade unions could be spurring grassroots opposition to Israel, it has been claimed.

Supporters of Israel believe the Labour leader's disputes with the unions over funding and voting rights have partly led to a raft of vehement anti-Israel motions being tabled at two major conferences in the coming weeks.

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Majority of Labour Euro candidates back anti-Israel measures

By Marcus Dysch, May 20, 2014

Dozens of Labour’s European election candidates have pledged to support anti-Israel measures if elected, with one referring to a "holocaust in Palestine".

They have signed up to five policy points - including a boycott of settlements - promoted by the Labour Friends of Palestine group.

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Miliband hires Obama's election guru

By Daniel Easterman, April 18, 2014

One of Barack Obama’s closest advisers has been hired by Ed Miliband to devise a new election strategy for the Labour Party in the 2015 elections.

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Ed Miliband: 'Israel is the Jewish homeland'

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband will travel to the Israeli town of Sderot today as he continues his tour of the country.

Mr Miliband described Israel as "the homeland for the Jewish people" during a meeting with Hebrew University of Jerusalem students on Thursday.

He also held meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Labour leader Isaac Herzog.

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