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Here's What The Teens Of The Milifandom Are Up To One Year Later

We caught up with Ed Miliband's biggest teen fans one year after the #Milifandom and Labour's general election defeat.

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For those who either can't remember or have blocked it from their memories, the Milifandom was an online movement of mostly teenage girls who celebrated their love for then Labour leader Ed Miliband on Twitter.

when u say u don't love ed miliband ur not only lying to yourself but also the whole population of this planet we call home

But one year later, have their feelings about politics, and about Ed himself, changed or remained mostly the same?

why am i like thjs fucjng ED MILIBANDX FANFICTUIB WHY DI I DO THUS TO MYSEKDF

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The obvious place to start was with the Milifandom's self-appointed leader, Abby Tomlinson, who's now 18.

I think it's exactly a year since I joined @UKLabour today, not much happened after that tbh

She's had a pretty big year.

One year ago, after noticing her slightly mad but very charming tweets about Ed Miliband, BuzzFeed interviewed Abby to find out why she loved Ed so much.

At this point, her identity was a secret, and she only went by "Abby". Her parents had no idea about her thousands of Twitter followers or her online political activities.

Pretty soon, the Milifandom was seized upon by a bewildered but highly entertained media in Britain and beyond.

The Independent / The Telegraph / BBC / Huffington Post / The Washington Post / The Guardian

It was, if you can remember, a pretty dull election, and it was nice to have something completely unexpected to talk about.

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She's been on TV multiple times to talk politics, and has been published in The Guardian, The Telegraph, and the New Statesman.

#bbcdp When I was asked about Labour Leadership:

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Abby now supports Jeremy Corbyn, who she once convinced to have an impromptu interview: "I was wandering around Parliament Square trying to find an estranged Jeremy Corbyn, who was incredibly lovely."

Huge thank you to @jeremycorbyn for giving up some of his time to let me ask him a few questions,here's the interview http://t.co/8SFsI9LvlE

"He told everyone crowding around him that I'd been waiting for ages so he had to speak to me, which was nice as it was a five-minute interview with someone he'd never met, who wasn't from a high-profile publication, when there were literally crowds waiting to see him."

Although she has faced plenty of Corbynite trolls, and even a spat with former Tory MP Louise Mensch, Abby said the last year has been a very positive one.

Look where I am... again (this is becoming a bit of a habit) busy day ahead.

"Really, everyone I've met this year has only reaffirmed my faith in politics, I think the kindness of so many people involved is something that really touched me," she said.

"Also it gave me loads to say on my previously rather bare personal statement (I actually wrote #milifandom on it – first person to use a hashtag?), which I think helped me university-wise."

(She's headed off to either Cambridge or the London School of Economics next year.)

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She even had a brief encounter with David Cameron.

HELP ME. I THINK HE KNOWS WHO I AM. HE KEPT STARING AFTER I SAID HELLO.

And, of course, she loved meeting Ed himself.

"They say to never meet your idols," Abby said. "But I honestly think that meeting him made me like him more!

"It's actually been the best year ever tbh."

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Sophie, who's just about to turn 18, reflected on how terrible Labour's loss felt the day after the election.

Twitter: @Sophiephilips1

Looking back at the Milifandom, Sophie said: "It feels really strange to look back on it, I still find it incredible how much of an impact it had, and how many young people actually had a voice in politics. ... It was also nice to speak to new people, who I still talk to now and not just about politics hah."

She said that nowdays she supports Corbyn "completely".

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(The resignation was, to be fair, a pretty emotional moment.)

No matter what's become of his political career, the Milifans – many of whom are now actually able to vote – still love Ed Miliband just the way he is.

#Milifandom is for life, not just for the election.