Saturday 20 January 2018

Ed Miliband agreed to interview with Russell Brand to make election campaign 'more interesting'

Ed Miliband (left) and Russell Brand Photo credit: PA Wire
Ed Miliband (left) and Russell Brand Photo credit: PA Wire

Sam Lister, Arj Singh and Tim Sculthorpe

Ed Miliband has said he agreed to an interview with Russell Brand to make the election campaign "more interesting" after criticism it was too boring.

The Labour leader defended his decision to speak to the comedian after criticism from David Cameron that the election is "not a joke".

Mr Miliband said he wanted to reach out to the millions of people who were not engaged in the campaign.

Speaking during a campaign visit to Cardiff, Mr Miliband said: "I decided that some people were saying the campaign was too boring so I thought it would make it more interesting."

Mr Miliband said he "profoundly" disagreed with Brand's previous declaration that voting does not make a difference.

He said: "I'm going to go anywhere and talk to anyone to take that message out to people about how we can change this country so it works for working people again.

"I say to all of the politicians in this campaign, here is the danger, the danger is that politics is being played in an increasingly empty stadium.

"If we don't recognise that, if we don't engage in different ways with the people who aren't engaging in this election, then we will have fewer and fewer people voting.

"So I'm proud to be engaging with people in this election.

"Russell Brand asked me for an interview and I was very, very happy to accept."

Mr Miliband said if he talked only to people he agreed with, he "wouldn't be doing many interviews".

Press Association

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