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Ed Milibae: how the Labour leader became a fandom icon

Students have created an Ed Miliband fandom, where they praise the leader's government policies, leadership potential - and soulful brown eyes.



He's not the most obvious icon, but Ed Miliband has become the subject of a growing group calling themselves the "milifans". Mostly young women, many of whom are studying for school exams, have taken to Twitter to proclaim their affection for the Labour leader.


The #milifans are also taking on some of the big questions:


Some of the jokes slightly pass this mole by, admittedly:


But some are sheer poetry.


Most importantly, the Milifans are genuinely engaged in politics. Many of them tweet about studying the subject, and the de facto leader of the fandom, a 17-year-old named Abby, is urging other young people to take an interest in Labour policy.


If there's a Milifan in your life, you can buy them a "lifesize" cardboard cut out:

Which, helpfully, can also serve as a sort of domestic scarcrow.


But whatever you do, proceed with caution:


***BREAKING: Ed Miliband has replied!***

So smooth.

ANOTHER UPDATE! He's commented on the Milifandom!

During an interview with Radio 2, Ed's commented on his new fans. "I told my wife about it and she thought it must be a case of mistaken identity," he told Jeremy Vine. "She went from amused to bemused."

"I'm definitely blushing now," he said, before a saucy bit of self-deprecation: "I certainly wouldn’t claim to be cool... I’ve never been called that."

He added that the person who started the fandom is making a "serious" point about young people being given a voice. Swoon.


I'm a mole, innit.

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Work with us: Wellcome Scholarship at the New Statesman

Be one of our 2016 science interns.

Britain needs more great science writers – particularly from backgrounds which have been traditionally under-represented in the media.

To address this, the New Statesman and Wellcome Trust, in partnership with Creative Access, have come together to offer annual placements to student or graduates from an ethnic minority background*.

The final 2016 placement will take place this Autumn/Winter (the exact date is flexible) and will last for four weeks.

Over the course of the placement, the successful applicants will:

  • Work alongside the New Statesman web and magazine team, learning about the editorial and production process, and how articles are conceived, written, edited and laid out;
  • Undertake a data-driven journalism research project on a scientific topic, which will be published on the New Statesman website
  • Visit Parliament and learn about how science-based legislation is developed and debated in the select committee system
  • Have an opportunity to interview a leading scientist or policy-maker
  • Write a regular bylined science blog on the New Statesman website
  • Receive regular feedback and editing from the editorial team
  • Meet journalists at other titles in the sector (previous Wellcome Scholars have met writers for the Atlantic, and presenters for the BBC)

Over the course of the placement, you will be paid London living wage.

To apply for the placement, follow the steps below and apply direct to the New Statesman. 

Please write an 800-word blogpost on a recent or upcoming scientific development which you feel has the potential to change lives significantly, explaining clearly and concisely what stage the research is at, and how it is likely to proceed. It should be written as if for the NS audience - interested, intelligent laypeople.

Please also write up to 200 words on why you are right for this placement and what you would hope to get out of it. You don't need to send a CV.

Please only use Word files, or paste your text into the body of an email. 

Send your application by email to Helen Lewis (Helen @ newstatesman co uk) with the subject line “Wellcome Scholarship 2016”. 

Applications close on 30 September 2016. Interviews will take place soon after.

This is a positive action scheme under the Race Relations Act.