David Miliband, British Jewish Leader, Quits Politics, Clearing Path for Brother

Will Lead N.Y.-Based International Rescue Committee

David Miliband, the former British foreign secretary who lost an unusual leadership battle with his brother, Ed, is quitting politics. He is moving to New York and will run the International Rescue Committee, which promotes the rights of refugees.
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David Miliband, the former British foreign secretary who lost an unusual leadership battle with his brother, Ed, is quitting politics. He is moving to New York and will run the International Rescue Committee, which promotes the rights of refugees.

By Reuters

Published March 27, 2013.
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Allies and detractors said they thought his decision to relocate to the United States was a sign he believed his brother would not win the next election and therefore be able to give him a high-profile job in any new government.

“It does show a lack of confidence about Labour winning the next election,” Peter Bone, an MP in the ruling Conservative party, told Reuters. “If he thought Labour had a good chance of winning he would have stayed. He clearly has doubts whether Ed Miliband can win.”

An online poll in the left-leaning Guardian newspaper showed most readers thought his move was a bad thing for Labour but a good thing for his brother as it removed a possible threat to his leadership.

Miliband himself was downbeat on his party’s prospects.

“I think the party’s doing well under Ed’s leadership but he’s the first to say it’s a long climb and we never underestimate that,” he said.

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, to whom Miliband was close, said he was young enough to re-enter British politics.

“I hope and believe this is time out not time over,” Blair said in a statement.


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