David Milliband is urging the Labour Party to end the leadership ‘soap opera’ as he declares pride in his brother’s success as party leader.
Taking the stage at the Labour party conference, he told the audience to look back at this year’s party conference and see it as one preparing for a fight back to power.
David said: “Labour has learnt to listen to the British people and it learned, above all, that, unless we are united, we will lose. And I say today: no more cliques, no more factions, no more soap opera. One united Labour party taking on one divided government.”
He added: “It’s in touch every day with the people of Britain, concerned with their concerns, fighting for their issues and fighting for a cause that is very, very special.”
Furthermore, outgoing shadow chancellor, Alasdair Darling, warns Ed Milliband that he needs to keep Labour in the centre ground in order to win the next general election.
Caught off guard
David Milliband was applauded as he called the party to unite behind his brother but acknowledged that he will need to consider his own future after a 1.3 per cent defeat caught him off guard.
It is clear that David is “proud” of his brother, party and own campaign although it is clear that he was determined to win the competition.
“you don’t run for leadership running…unless your 100% committed to winning” Milliband says.
The Guardian quotes the foreign shadow secretary at the conference responding to those offering their condolences at his loss that he would be “fine”.
The future for David
It is reported that David told his brother that he wants to remain a major figure in the party, perhaps shadow chancellor.
According to the Guardian, Shadow work and pensions secretary, Yvette Cooper, hopes Milliband takes a place in his brother’s top team.
Talking to BBC 1’s Breakfast show, Cooper says: “he ran a really strong campaign…and we would hugely benefit from having his talents as part of the shadow cabinet.”
David Milliband needs to decide by Wednesday afternoon whether he will remain on the frontline of the party.