Ed Miliband 'a proud geek and Manic Miner expert'

Ed Miliband has pleaded "guilty" to being a geek and boasted about being "brilliant" at a cult computer game.

Ed Miliband conducts a Q&A session at David Brown Gear Systems in Huddersfield today. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Labour leader was interviewed by Absolute Radio's Geoff Lloyd and revealed the last film to make him shed a tear was a tale of gay activists and striking miners. He said: "Pride is about the lesbian and gay community in London who go and help the miners in Wales and Justine and I watched it recently. I blubbed."

Asked about Jeremy Paxman's description of him as a "north London geek", Mr Miliband said: "I plead guilty to being a geek. I'm proud."

He also owned up to a "big passion" for the ZX Spectrum computer game Manic Miner.

I was brilliant. As I remember, there were 20 levels. I'm not sure I'm very good at hand-eye coordination but I was good at Manic Miner.

I used to drive my parents slightly mad because you used to play it on the telly, obviously, so they wouldn't be able to watch.

– Ed Miliband