Ed Miliband on Nick Clegg

Preview of our exclusive interview with the Labour leadership contender.

Jason Cowley, the editor of the New Statesman, and I have interviewed Ed Miliband, the shadow energy secretary and Labour leadership candidate, for this week's issue of the magazine (which hits the newsstands tomorrow).

Other media outlets have picked up on Ed M's suggestion that he would expect the resignation of Nick Clegg before doing any deal with the Liberal Democrats in a future hung parliament. Miliband told us:

Given what he is supporting, I think it is pretty hard to go into coalition with him.

John Denham made a similar point last month, but I believe Ed M is the first leadership candidate to be so explicit in his refusal to ally himself with the Clegg-led Lib Dems.

Miliband also castigated the right-wing press and reiterated his anti-war stance on Iraq. You can read the full interview in tomorrow's New Statesman.

Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.