Ed Miliband turns quizmaster on lively last night of Labour conference

Written by David Singleton on 27 September 2017 in Diary

The former Labour leader bamboozled teams including The Guardian and Ed Stone Appreciation Society.

There were a wealth of options for fun-loving Labour delegates on the last night of this year’s conference.

Labour luminaries including Jeremy Corbyn, Tom Watson, Diane Abbott, Angela Rayner, John Prescott and Yvette Cooper headed to the Mirror party, where the leader gave a big thumbs up to the paper.

"The Mirror has supported Labour since 1945. And the election just gone, we had the biggest increase in the vote since 1945," said Corbyn.

"The Mirror reported what we said, told the people what we’re saying and allowed the Mirror readers to get an understanding of what our manifesto was about."

Over at the Fabian party, Emily Thornberry and Stella Creasy were guest DJs.

Lobby karaoke went on into the small hours, with Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan belting out Mustang Sally, Emily Maitlis crooning along to Son of a Preacher Man and the Daily Mail’s John Stevens opting for Agadoo.

And late at night in the Grand Hotel, shadow business minister (and leading member of parliamentary rock group MP4) Kevin Brennan treated onlookers to a late night piano sing-along – a role previously performed at Labour conferences by Ben Bradshaw.

But for many Labour delegates and lobby journalists, the highlight of the last night was a pub quiz for Momentum, hosted by Labour-leader turned stand-up comedian Ed Miliband.

"I can feel a bacon sandwich joke coming on", he threatened, before getting down to business with tricky questions such as:


Who was Labour’s first ever chancellor?

Who were the party’s first three MPs?

What brand was the famous grey Corbyn shell suit?

Who said: 'I am last thing standing between you and apocalypse'. Hillary Clinton or Barry Gardiner?


At half time, even The Guardian were struggling with the questions. Political reporter Jessica Elgot called them “extremely hard” and revealed that the team was being "carried entirely" by liveblog guru Andrew Sparrow.

Eventually, the honours went to Calderdale CLP, who saw off tough competition from rival teams including Notorious CLP, the Miliband Tendency, Centrist Daddy Issues and the Ed Stone Appreciation Society.






Photo credit: Jim Taylor / @jimtaylor1984



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