Ed Miliband meets with Archbishop of Canterbury

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The Labour leader held a private meeting with Dr Rowan Williams last week and although no information has been released about their discussion, the timing raises some important questions

Ed Miliband held a private meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, last Tuesday.

Some might consider the timing interesting given Dr Williams' attack on the coalition in the New Statesman the week before.

A spokesman at Lambeth Palace was keen to stress that the talk was organised before the magazine was published.

They said that the meeting lasted roughly 45 minutes to an hour but was not able to comment on what was discussed.

Another source involved in organising the meeting suggested that Dr Williams' people had been trying to arrange a date for months. Supposedly, a meeting scheduled for a few weeks ago was pushed back by the Labour leader's office.

The leader's office also refused to comment on what was discussed in the private meeting.

The Sunday Telegraph made a brief mention of the encounter this weekend:

"Last week Dr Williams, who describes himself as a 'lapsed' Labour Party member held private talks with Ed Miliband, the leader of the opposition, in the wake of his New Statesman article which attacked the coalition."

Ed Miliband has talked a little about his religious beliefs in the past. He has said that he does not believe in God but "has the greatest respect for those people who do".


Tags: Archbishop of canterbury, Dr rowan williams, Ed Miliband, New Statesman, Religion

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