'No doubt' David will agree to serve in Ed's shadow cabinet
There is "absolutely no doubt" that David Miliband will agree to serve in the shadow cabinet, one of Labour's defeated leadership candidates said yesterday, writes Ben Padley
Diane Abbott said David Milliband would serve the Labour Party "in whatever role" its leader Ed Miliband wished.
She was speaking amid continued speculation about whether or not the shadow foreign secretary would stand for election to serve in his younger brother's shadow cabinet.
The MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, who came last in the race to be leader, said David Miliband had "expected to win" but accepted his defeat to his brother "very gracefully".
However Mr Miliband, said he was yet to decide whether to join the new leader's team of opposition spokesmen, even as he called for party unity.
"I came here on Saturday planning a slightly different week, now I'm thinking about what I should do instead," David told reporters yesterday in Manchester, where the party is holding its annual conference.
"We have a great new leader and we have to get behind him," David said in a speech at the conference.