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Rt Hon Ed Miliband

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 24 November 2013

Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, joins Kirsty Young to choose his Desert Island Discs.

He's been in charge of his party for three years and was the youngest leader they'd ever elected. But that fact got somewhat lost in the drama that surrounded his coronation: famously, he stood against his brother, David. To say the younger brother's victory upset the political apple cart would be something of an understatement.

Politics is in his pores. His mother was a human rights campaigner, his father a renowned Marxist academic. Both parents came from Jewish families who settled in Britain having only just survived the Nazis.

Looking though his CV - clever comprehensive schoolboy, degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford, an intern for Tony Benn, Economics lecturer at Harvard, Special Advisor to Gordon Brown - it's clear, for him, there's only ever been one abiding passion.

He says, politics "is not something I chose. It's not something I learned from books, even from my Dad's books. It was something I was born into."

Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

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  • Image for The original soundtrack musicians

    The original soundtrack musicians Nkosi Sikelel’ i’Afrika

    Cry Freedom soundtrack, MCA

  • Image for Sir Hubert Parry

    Sir Hubert Parry Jerusalem

    Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.

    Cambridge Classics

  • Image for Paul Robeson

    Paul Robeson Joe Hill

    Songs for Free Men, Pearl

  • Image for a-ha

    a-ha Take on Me

    Headlines and Deadlines, Warner

  • Image for Neil Diamond

    Neil Diamond Sweet Caroline

    20 Golden Hits, MCA

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Angels

    Now that’s What I call Music 39, Now

  • Image for Josh Ritter

    Josh Ritter Change of Time

    Change of Time, Independent Records Ireland

  • Image for Édith Piaf

    Édith Piaf Je Ne Regrette Rien

    Piaf at the Paris Olympia, Columbia

Credits

Presenter
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest
Ed Miliband
Producer
Cathy Drysdale

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