Ed Miliband’s bitter analysis of David Cameron’s mindset over Brexit exposed

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Mr Miliband, the former leader of the Labour Party, became a backbench MP after his 2015 election defeat. Mr Cameron managed to beat him on a manifesto promising to give Britons a vote on whether to leave the European Union.

After 2015 Mr Miliband remained as MP for Doncaster North, focusing on his constituents and how he could make sense of the UK following the Brexit vote.

He set up the podcast, “Reason to be Cheerful” and appeared to be enjoying his backbench role.

In April, Sir Keir Starmer won the Labour leadership elections and announced his shadow cabinet, returning Mr Miliband back to the front benches, this time as shadow business secretary.

He will now play a pivotal role in Labor’s rebrand following Jeremy Corbyn’s disastrous 2019 election defeat.

During Mr Miliband’s election campaign of 2015, both he and Mr Cameron pushed the case for Remain.

Yet it was Mr Cameron’s promise of a referendum in the first place that wooed the country towards his party’s name at the ballot box.

During a GQ interview from 2018, Mr Miliband revealed his thoughts on Mr Cameron’s handling of Brexit.

He also deliberated over his swift departure from Downing Street the day after the result was announced.

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Leading the interview, Labour’s former spin doctor, Alastair Campbell, largely regarded as the mastermind behind the “New Labour” movement at the turn of the century.

Mr Campbell asked: “Just on Cameron by the way what do you think about the way he’s just vanished?”

To this, Mr Miliband sighed and raised his hands in the air.

Mr Campbell tried again, and said: “What sense did you get of him in the close, hand-to-hand combat?


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“Was he a good person? A bad person? Real vision for the world? No vision for the world?” Good opponent? Bad opponent?”

Mr Miliband replied: “I’m always careful not to give hatred or dislike of my opponent – it clouds your judgement.

“I don’t have personal animus towards him.

“I think he will be remembered for Brexit – that is the one thing he’ll be remembered for.

“I fear that what happened with Brexit was because of who he was as a person, he felt he would win.

“He felt he would persuade people.

“He felt he’d done it in Scotland, he’d done it with me, he apparently said ‘I’m a winner’ – it’s kind of his modus operandi.

“He just thought ‘it’ll be alright’.

“And now the country’s coping with the consequences.

“I think the notion that he should’ve stayed on – I think the public’s a bit resentful that he buggered off.

“But I’m not really convinced he could’ve stayed on.”

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