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Is Russell Brand going to endorse Labour? (Part II)

The comedian has released a teaster trailer, suggesting there is more to his Ed Miliband interview.

Probably the most exciting political news this week was Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband.

Following a snap of the Labour leader visiting the comedian and self-styled revolutionary, the media speculated about whether the strident non-voter would come out in support of Labour. In the end, he didn't.

BUT, via Twitter, the great bearded tease has released another trailer previewing an extra part to his interview that hasn't been released. "We held back the best bit of Milibrand," he tweeted.

It strongly suggests that Brand will give his verdict (an "election conclusion"), and hints at a Labour endorsement (although, just to throw some quinoa among the pigeons, it also features a screengrab of a piece suggesting he will back the Greens).

Watch it here:

Tune in to the Trews on Monday to find out. 

That sentence hurt this mole's soul, by the way.

I'm a mole, innit.

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Gordon Brown contemplated making Alastair Campbell a minister

The move is revealed in Ed Balls' new book.

Gordon Brown contemplated making Alastair Campbell, a sports minister. Campbell had served as Tony Blair’s press chief from 1994 to 2003, Ed Balls has revealed.

Although the move fell through, Campbell would have been one of a number of high-profile ministerial appointments, usually through the Lords, made by Brown during his tenure at 10 Downing Street.

Other unusual appointments included the so-called “Goats” appointed in 2007, part of what Brown dubbed “the government of all the talents”, in which Ara Darzi, a respected surgeon, Mark Malloch-Brown, formerly a United Nations diplomat,  Alan West, a former admiral, Paul Myners, a  successful businessman, and Digby Jones, former director-general of the CBI, took ministerial posts and seats in the Lords. While Darzi, West and Myners were seen as successes on Whitehall, Jones quit the government after a year and became a vocal critic of both Brown’s successors as Labour leader, Ed Miliband and Jeremy Corbyn.

The story is revealed in Ed Balls’ new book, Speaking Out, a record of his time as a backroom adviser and later Cabinet and shadow cabinet minister until the loss of his seat in May 2015. It is published 6 September.