Ed Miliband has developed an unlikely fanbase of smitten teenage girls, after a 17-year-old student declared her admiration for the Labour leader on Twitter and prompted a flood of replies from other young women.
A student, known only as Abby, caused a Twitter storm after declaring herself leader of the #milifandom – a group of enthusiastic Ed Miliband admirers. Fandoms are usually reserved for the likes of Justin Bieber and One Direction, but the #milifandom hashtag has been trending, with scores of young females sharing their affection for the leader.
Abby says the Milifandom, which started last week, is “a movement against the distorted media portrayal of Ed”.
Since then, she has reached 12,000 followers on Twitter, with tweeters using the hashtag to express their support. One tweeter described having an “unexplainable emotional connection” to the Labour leader, while others posted pictures of the politician with a crown of flowers.