David Miliband reaches out to his brother. Photo: Getty
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David Miliband: "My heart goes out to Ed"

The now former Labour leader's brother gives a short message of support.

David Miliband has made a brief comment on Labour's defeat in the general election.

He said on Twitter: "Heart goes out to great colleagues who lost seats, Labour teams who worked so hard and of course to Ed . . . Deep and honest thinking required to rebuild progressive politics."

Ed Miliband ran against his brother for the Labour leadership in 2010.

On 24 April, David Miliband - who now works for International Rescue in the US - tweeted a picture of his postal ballot, adding: "Proud to have voted #Labour. #Ed4PM."

NS editor Jason Cowley describes Ed Miliband's defeat as a "personal disaster" and a "family tragedy":

Anoosh Chakelian is deputy web editor at the New Statesman.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.