When Ed Miliband was elected Labour leader in 2010, he must have imagined himself headlining Labour conferences for years to come. He would stand on stage delivering the defining political speeches and bold policy moves that would propel him to victory in a general election. Alas, many bacon sandwiches, conference gaffes, and an EdStone later, it didn’t quite end up as he wanted.
Miliband can take heart that he is still on the line-up at this year’s Momentum sponsored conference ‘The World Transformed,’ but probably not quite as high up in the billing as he pictured eight years ago. Instead, while the likes of Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott strut across the stage preaching to the Labour converted, the ex-leader who came within a hair’s breadth of high office is much further down the programme. In fact, he won’t even get close to the stage at all, and will be running his yearly pub quiz next door.
As Miliband heads to the pub and stands in front of the small crowd of boozy socialists, Mr Steerpike wonders if his first question will be: ‘How did this happen?’