Thursday 23 February 2017

Bright joins in Milifandom trend

Published 27/04/2015 | 08:06

The Only Way Is Essex star Lydia Bright meeting Labour leader Ed Miliband as part of the @useyourvoice campaign which encourages young people to vote (Beaumont Communications/PA)
The Only Way Is Essex star Lydia Bright meeting Labour leader Ed Miliband as part of the @useyourvoice campaign which encourages young people to vote (Beaumont Communications/PA)

It's been a good week for Ed Miliband...

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First it was the #milifandom campaign that trended on Twitter, and now it seems he's gained another big fan in the form of The Only Way Is Essex star Lydia Bright.

Bright was interviewing the Labour leader as part of the @useyourvoice campaign which encourages young people to vote.

However, the 24-year-old might have let her eyes wander away from politics at times saying: "He had a really great dress sense and looked very dapper," and adding: "He gets my fashion seal of approval."

The @useyourvoice ambassador also confessed that in a game of political party leader Snog, Marry, Avoid she would "definitely snog or marry Ed because he's the best-looking one out of them all".

Bright also addressed Mr Miliband's thriving fan base after the #milifandom campaign on social media this week.

She said: "I had a bit of a joke with him as well and talked to him about his massive fan base and he seemed very humbled and a bit embarrassed by it, but he was also pretty cool about it all. He just really wants those fans tweeting about him to vote for him."

She also spoke about various other personal issues with the Labour leader, such as the millions of children living below the poverty line. Bright's parents have been fostering children since she was 13 months old.

She said: "I wanted to talk to him about what Labour would do about the amount of parents who can't afford to look after their children because those children often end up in care. It's a shocking issue that's really personal to me."

Despite consistently voting, Bright admitted she is not a "political whizz kid", but said she was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to chat to Mr Miliband.

"You'd think all the politicians would be quite posh and a bit pompous but he just seemed really friendly," she said.

She did confess she still hasn't decided how she will vote as she is determined to do more research and get a better understanding of each party's manifesto "to get a really clear picture in my mind before I vote on May 7".

:: @useyourvoice is an independent campaign encouraging 18 to 30-year-olds to vote in the General Election.

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