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18 August 2010

Ed Miliband on Nick Clegg

Preview of our exclusive interview with the Labour leadership contender.

By Mehdi Hasan

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.

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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.