About Joel Taylor
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You’ve seen him on TV, heard him on radio – now Metro meets Ed Miliband in the flesh. Just don’t mention the two kitchens…
1) What is your perfect day off?
Spending time with my wife Justine and sons Daniel and Sam. It doesn’t happen very often at the moment but we all went to an Easter Egg hunt that we put on in my constituency on Sunday. So that was fun.
2) Are you a chocoholic?
I try not to be. I think my children definitely are, however; they very much enjoyed the Easter Egg hunt.
3) Do you do DIY?
I have to say I’m not a great DIY person but my father-in-law is good at it. When there’s DIY to be done he will often come and help out.
4) Do you watch any political dramas?
Watching them is too much of a busman’s holiday. The Thick Of It was too much like reality, with the greatest of respect to my team… I don’t mean that.
5) What was the last thing that really made you laugh?
The film Pride, which made me laugh and cry at the same time. It’s about this lesbian and gay community in London who go off to help the miners.
6) Who is your favourite Labour prime minister of all time?
There are so many. I think Clement Attlee was brilliant and the 1945 government was a great government. I’m very proud of what New Labour did in 13 years, so there is lots to choose from.
7) What made you want to be a politician in the first place?
I wanted to tackle the injustices our country faces. I was brought up in quite a political family and I was taught you shouldn’t just get angry at things that are wrong with the world but you should do something about it. What is exciting to me about this campaign is the chance to show people we can change the country.
8) Have the questions about your brother David become too intrusive?
Pretty much anything goes when it comes to politics, it comes with the territory. But I think the public are more interested in the choice between me and David Cameron, rather than me and my brother.
9) What was it that made you think you couldn’t support your brother?
I think we needed to move on from New Labour and I thought I was the best person to do that – whether it’s on Iraq, or immigration, or inequality and who the country works for.
10) You’ve said that Labour made mistakes on immigration. What were those mistakes?
We completely underestimated the numbers of people that were going to come in. And the pace of change was very fast, which has caused real issues. I think it’s really important we don’t dismiss people’s concerns as prejudice because they’re based on real worries. That’s why I’ve changed our approach. Under Labour, new arrivals will have to wait at least two years for their benefits and we’re going to stop the undercutting of wages.
11) Do we use too many medical professionals from abroad?
It’s important to train up doctors and nurses here. Part of our plan is a Time To Care fund for recruiting and training 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more doctors. Foreign doctors and nurses play an incredible role in our health service, but let’s also give opportunities to people here.
12) You’ve said you’ll axe non-dom tax status but Ed Balls said in January it would be a mistake. How has the policy changed so quickly?
What Ed said is that we’ve got to take tough action against the non-doms and that’s what we’re going to do. The big picture here is that the Conservatives are throwing up a smokescreen about the truth – that they want to keep the non-dom loophole in place.
13) When does a zero-hours contract become unfair?
What we say is after 12 weeks everyone will be entitled to a regular contract, not just a zero-hours contract. Twelve weeks gives the opportunity to establish how many hours somebody is working and they’ll get a contract based on that number of hours.
14) What do you propose to help get young people on the housing ladder?
We’re committed to building 200,000 homes a year by 2020 and we’re going to do that through a combination of things. For instance, we will stop large developers sitting on land and waiting for it to rise in value.
15) Foreign issues haven’t appeared in the campaign so far. Is it because they are such an intractable problem?
I’m keen that foreign issues do feature. Apart from anything else we are worried about people going to Syria to fight, and then coming back. We’ve got to deal with those people in the strongest terms.
16) With NHS and education ring-fenced, are all your cuts coming from police and welfare?
We believe that by getting rid of police and crime commissioners and making savings in relation to procurement, we can protect neighbourhood policing. We are going to have to make cuts but it will be a balanced plan and we’re going to protect key areas.
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Ed Miliband reveals his recurring dream, favourite Bond film – and why he misses Booboo and HeeHee – in an exclusive interview with Metro’s Joel Taylor and Sharon Lougher.
For what he says about the serious election issues – and his answers to readers’ questions – read the full interview on Metro.co.uk or pick up Friday’s Metro print edition.
What character trait do you least like about yourself?
My talent at eating bacon sandwiches…
Who do you do a great impression of?
I think I’m happy to just be myself rather than be anyone else…
Do you have any recurring dreams?
Interestingly, I still dream about exams. I never get to the stage of whether I pass them or fail them. I haven’t inquired too closely as to what that might mean…
How do you cure a hangover?
Ooh, it’s such a long time since I had one… Drink lots of water alongside the alcohol…
When did you last seven-ball someone at pool?
I’m not sure I have ever cleaned up – maybe it’s happened once. The last time I played I got two reds in from the break and then six balls in a row. I was quite proud of myself. It was against Tom Bradby from ITN.
When did you last swear at the TV or radio?
Well, I don’t listen to the Today programme. I think it’s for the same reason I don’t watch political dramas like The Thick Of It – I try to keep away from politics as much as I can. You know what I mean. I don’t tend to swear at the telly really.
Never even at sport?
Well my secret passion is baseball. The Boston Red Sox – they’re a team that can cause you a lot of heartbreak but they’ve actually been very good for the last ten years or so.
If Labour are the Boston Red Sox what are the Conservatives?
They would probably be the New York Yankees, because they’re the big rivals.
What’s your favourite Bond film?
This is probably going to date me, but probably Goldfinger. Don’t know why. Evil baddies.
When did you last do any hoovering?
My children [Daniel, five, and Samuel, four] like hoovering actually. It’s really bizarre. But it’s quite good. They think it’s incredibly exciting but I think they will grow out of it very shortly.
Would you want them to go into politics?
No. Well, no, it’s up to them. I wouldn’t push them into it. I think they should do what makes them happy, which is actually what my parents said to me. They quite like leafleting.
What’s the most surprising/embarrassing thing your kids have come out with lately?
The thing with them is, I tell them stories that my dad used to tell me. He started with these two sheep that lived on the Yorkshire Moors (as we grew up in Leeds) called Booboo and Hee Hee and they get up to excellent adventures. One of the bad things about this election campaign is the shortage of Booboo and Hee Hee because daddy’s on the campaign trail.
Have you seen that ‘Gangsta Miliband’ rap video that’s trending on social media that mashes up British artist Skepta with a short clip of you saying ‘that’s not me’ in last week’s Leaders Debate?
No… [turns to adviser: ‘Would I like it?’ Adviser: ‘We won’t show you!’]
It involves grime music…
I wouldn’t know grime music very well if it…
What music do you like?
Ellie Goulding – I went to a benefit concert that she invited me to recently where she was playing. And you know Bastille? I’d recommend them.
How will you celebrate if you win the election? (Or drown your sorrows if you lose?)
This is going to sound really po-faced – and [wife] Justine’s very much of this mindset – but I think it’s just really important to concentrate on the next four weeks on the job in hand.
Surely a glass of wine though – but in which kitchen?!
Oh god! We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it…
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