Miliband’s struggle to balance work and family life

Family handout photo of Labour Leader Ed Miliband with partner Justine Thornton and their second child Samuel Miliband.
Family handout photo of Labour Leader Ed Miliband with partner Justine Thornton and their second child Samuel Miliband.
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DONCASTER North MP Ed Miliband has told of his struggle to balance the demands of being Labour Party leader and a dad with a young family.

The 40-year-old said that while he doesn’t “juggle it as well as I’d like” he tries to enjoy every moment he spends with his two sons, three-month-old Sam and Daniel, aged 20 months.

He said: “The biggest frustration is not having the chance to spend more time with my children. It’s a real problem in Britain today. What I try to do is to protect and enjoy every single moment I do have with them.”

Mr Miliband, whose partner is barrister Justine Thornton, said his eldest son, Daniel, currently has a “fascination” with tractors and diggers.

He added: “He’s obsessed with bricks, too, so we have fun building things together. But he also has a helpful streak and likes to help empty the dishwasher, which is quite a good thing. I suppose you can say Justine and I are training them young.

“Two is more work than one - and more joy, too.”

Asked whether he would like his sons to go into politics, he said: “I won’t push them - they should do what makes them happy.”

Mr Miliband expects they will one day judge how well he has performed as Labour leader - predicting green issues will be top of their agenda. “I think they will ask in 20 years’ time ‘Were you the last generation not to get climate change?’ or ‘Did you promote opportunity for us or hold it back?’,” he said.