Ed Miliband revealed on the Andrew Marr show this morning that he is to join Downton Abbey.
The series, which is about to cover the 1920/21 period, will feature a sub-plot involving butler Carson dabbling with the trade union movement. Mr Miliband is set to star as Jack Militant, or “Thoroughly Modern Milly,” shop steward of the Allied Union of Downstairs Staff (AUDS) at nearby Motley Hall. He will feature in three episodes culminating in a showdown with the Dowager Countess of Grantham on the croquet lawn.
Mr Miliband hopes that the role will increase his profile while documenting the rise of the unions in post-war Britain. He was excited by the casting and explained that he was following in the thespian footsteps of Glenda Jackson, Michael Cashman and video star, Neil Kinnock.