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Saturday 21 July 2018

Barack Obama is my dream podcast guest – Ed Miliband

The MP will reprise his role as a Radio 2 DJ on Monday before taking to the Latitude Festival stage with podcast co-host Geoff Lloyd at the weekend.

Ed Miliband attending the Florence Foster Jenkins world premiere (Ian West/PA)
Ed Miliband attending the Florence Foster Jenkins world premiere (Ian West/PA)

By Isabel Togoh, Press Association

MP and podcast host Ed Miliband has said his dream show guest would be former US president Barack Obama.

The Reasons To Be Cheerful podcast co-host will appear alongside radio personality Geoff Lloyd at the Latitude Festival next weekend.

The duo will sit down with special guests – as yet unannounced – to discuss ideas about “making the country better” in the festival’s SpeakEasy tent, where the theme this year is The World Of Tomorrow.

Mr Miliband told the Press Association: “Our dream guest would be Obama.”

He joked: “I don’t know if he’s going to be at Latitude but I think it’s less about the guests and more about the broad conversation.”

This summer will see the pair embark on a mini-tour, visiting Lunar Festival later this month before heading to the first weekend of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Doncaster North MP, who will reprise his role as temporary Radio 2 host next week, added that he is “incredibly lucky” to be given the opportunity to take over the Jeremy Vine Show, and said he wants to “do as well as I can”.

But he insisted that he does not have plans to switch careers completely.

The former Labour Party leader said: “I’m incredibly committed to carrying on being an MP, because I care a lot about doing that.

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Ed Miliband and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Hannah McKay/PA)

“(The podcast) provides other ways of reaching an audience. That’s why I like doing the podcast, that’s why I’m very grateful to be doing the Jeremy Vine Show, because it gives me a chance to talk about things I care about.”

He added that his former job as leader of the opposition restricted the ways in which he could express himself.

The 48-year-old said: “It can be a straitjacket in terms of what you’re able to say but I’m clearly not in that anymore and I have more freedom.”

Mr Miliband will host the show from Monday July 9 to Wednesday July 11.

The Latitude Festival takes place at Henham Park, near Southwold in Suffolk from July 12 until July 15.

Tickets can be found here.

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