Is Ed Miliband's 'brush-by' with Obama just a waste of time?

Damian McBride stirs up trouble – while Tony Blair offers to help Ed at election. Thanks but no thanks

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Ed Miliband is receiving advice on how to win the general election from two unwanted Labour sources. Damian McBride has warned Ed he’s wasting his time with his “brush-by” meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House later today, while Tony Blair is urging him – not for the first time – to stick to centrist policies if he wants to get to Downing Street.

The visit to the White House is not a full-scale diplomatic visit. Miliband will have a meeting with Susan Rice, the president’s National Security Adviser, and a "drop by" to the Oval Office for a handshake with the leader of the western world.

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