Has Red Ed turned into a part-time MP?

Daily Mail - - News - An­drew Pierce

From his self-im­posed ex­ile in New York, where he’s been lick­ing his wounds since he failed to win the lead­er­ship in 2010, David miliband re­turned to the po­lit­i­cal cen­tre stage yes­ter­day to de­mand a sec­ond EU ref­er­en­dum.

But what of his brother Ed, who two years af­ter quit­ting the party lead­er­ship, is still an mP at West­min­ster?

What’s he do­ing? Well, in the eyes of the Cor­bynistas, not very much. A back­bencher with time on his hands, he has one of the worst vot­ing records of all Labour mPs.

He’s man­aged to turn up for just 55 per cent of the votes in the past year. Yet Com­rade Cor­byn, the party leader and of­ten out of West­min­ster, man­aged 78 per cent.

Shadow Chan­cel­lor John mcDon­nell, Shadow Home Sec­re­tary Diane Ab­bott and Shadow For­eign Sec­re­tary Emily Thorn­berry, who also have other Lord SteeL, Lord Ash­down, and Lord Camp­bell — three for­mer Lib dem lead­ers — were spot­ted to­gether at the ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val on Satur­day night. do you think they were go­ing to see the com­edy ca­per Clown­town, or would that be too close to the truth for the ridicu­lous Lib dems? com­mit­ments, all man­aged to take part in 89 per cent of the votes. An­other dar­ling of the Blairites, Chuka Umunna, al­most alone in think­ing he’s a po­ten­tial fu­ture leader, has man­aged nearly 70 per cent.

But then Ed has other in­ter­ests these days. He’s been on ex­pens­e­s­paid trips to China, Crete, France, Greece and New York. He also squeezed in a week pre­sent­ing the Jeremy Vine Show on ra­dio 2 at £2,500 for a week’s work.

And this is the man who, as party leader, said he was op­posed to mPs hav­ing sec­ond jobs!

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