Friday 23 February 2018

Miliband quits to end 'family soap opera'

David Miliband, former leadership candidate of Britain's Labour party, has announced that he is resigning as an MP to end the "soap opera" surrounding his relationship with his brother Ed.

The former foreign secretary said that he was quitting parliament and moving to New York to take up the position of chief executive of the International Rescue Committee (IRC).

Mr Miliband, however, resisted ruling out a return to Westminster politics.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said that British politics would be "a poorer place" without David and admitted the bruising leadership battle which pitted the two brothers against each other had been "difficult". But, "time has helped to heal that", he said. "I will miss him."

Mr Miliband, whose violinist wife Louise is American, said that joining the US-based IRC charity will give him the opportunity to help some of the most desperate people in the world.

"The organisation was founded at the suggestion of Albert Einstein in the 1930s for those fleeing the Nazis, so given my own family history there is an additional personal motivation for me," he said. "I feel that in doing this job I will be repaying a personal debt."

Irish Independent

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