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It turns out Ed Miliband is amazing at pool - watch his trick shot

Cue applause.

This mole, in spite of sniffing around Westminster's drinking holes, only heard about the Labour leader's love of pool in a recent Guardian interview. Here's an extract:

Miliband is desperate for a game of pool. One of his team corners a teenager. “Would you like a game with Ed Miliband?”

“No, not really,” says the boy.

Miliband laughs, and is undeterred. A young woman is happy to oblige and they play a few shots, both potting balls.

It turns out Miliband is obsessed with pool and snooker. On the train back to London, I tell him I ghost-wrote two books for snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan. Miliband’s eyes are on stalks. “Really?” he says. 

It goes on.

And here he is in action - even The Sun admits that the man "has skillz".

Watch his trick shot:


I'm a mole, innit.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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