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Grazia Mili

Ed Miliband is the latest party leader to go Grazia and it's no surprise given the magazine's reach into the women's vote. There are some nice pix of him with his wife Justine and family (by snapper Neale Haynes). 

Today's interview is not online - get the full thing in the shops folks - but here's a few choice extracts:

 

Ed on losing his toy gun

His earliest memory, aged around three, is moving to Leeds. “I’ve got this image of the huge removal van and looking into the back, after everything had been taken out, for my toy gun. It was a traumatic moment.” He suspects his mother disapproved of macho guns and chose the move to throw it away.

 

Ed on brother David

“It was tough at the time particularly because it was such a close result, but both of us have got over it. David is very supportive of me, we talk a lot, he’s an asset to our party and our relationship is good.” They have plans for a pre-Christmas get-together. What about a reported feud between their wives? “It’s a classic, isn’t it,” he scoffs. “Blame the wives!”

 

Ed on Wallace (and Gromit)

"He’s got a nice dog....I think people want somebody who is true to themselves. People want to know ‘Are you real? Are you authentic’ That is honestly the most important thing. I’m not a cardboard cut-out.”

 

Ed on how he got it together with Justine

Ed Miliband’s 2005 General Election campaign won him more than a parliamentary seat. He and his now wife Justine Thornton were then friends, going out with other people, but she came up to Doncaster regularly to campaign for him. “She wanted to find out what it was like to run as an MP – well that was her story!” recalls Ed drily. One evening, Justine was stacking chairs, when a party worker asked where she’d come from. “London,” Justine replied. “That’s a long way to come to stack chairs, love,” said the woman with a knowing look. It was the night she and Ed admitted their feelings for each other.

 

Ed on Christmas present-buying

"More last minute. Not Christmas Eve though, because that’s my birthday. I set aside a day at a weekend. It will be something like 15th or 16t"

 

Ed, asked if Justine would prefer perfume, underwear or a good book?

 "Oh GOD! None of the above. I bought her a fantastic Gaggia coffee machine for her birthday. She loves it. She said it was a great present.

 

Ed on what he wants in his stocking

"I’m a Kindle user – The last book i read for fun was Robert Harris’s The Fear Index  – so I’m quite interested in the new Kindle Fire."

 

Ed on paper hats around the table at Christmas

 

"Yes, definitely. And kept on throughout the meal."

 

Ed on his first drink of the day on Christmas morning

"Some wine around lunch. We like to eat around four or five, so you can go for a walk or do something nice before that. Otherwise you have lunch and you’re sort of like a collapsed whale."

 

 Ed on having a birthday on Christmas Eve, does he get two presents?

"More or less. Christmas Eve is at least better than Boxing Day, because then you’re in the Christmas hangover.2

 

 

 

 

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