Ed Miliband regrets giving an interview to Russell Brand during the 2015 general election campaign, in light of the recent allegations of rape and sexual assault against Brand.
Why it matters
The story is significant as it highlights the regret of a former political leader for associating with someone who is now facing serious allegations. It also raises questions about the judgment of politicians and the influence of celebrities in politics.
What the papers say
BBC News reports that Ed Miliband regrets giving the interview to Russell Brand, stating that he wouldn't have done it if he had known about the allegations. The Times highlights Miliband's regret and his defense of feeling duty-bound to challenge Brand's comments about voting. The Independent also covers Miliband's regret and his solidarity with the women who have come forward with allegations against Brand. Politico reports Miliband expressing regret for the interview and his support for the women who have shared their stories.
How we got here
Ed Miliband gave an interview to Russell Brand during the 2015 general election campaign to counter Brand's claims that voting had no impact. At the time, Brand was known for his left-wing views and voter apathy. The recent allegations of rape and sexual assault against Brand have led Miliband to express regret for the interview.
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Edward Samuel Miliband is a British politician serving as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy since 2020, and has served as Member of Parliament for Doncaster North since 2005.
A brand is a name, term, design, symbol or any other feature that identifies one seller's good or service as distinct from those of other sellers.