UK's David Miliband quits after losing to brother

September 29, 2010 23:44


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LONDON — Britain's former foreign secretary David Miliband said Wednesday he was quitting front-line politics in the U.K. after losing to his younger brother in a battle for the leadership of the country's main opposition Labour Party.

Miliband, 45, confirmed he would not seek a position in brother Ed Miliband's alternative Cabinet — opposition legislators who follow the activities of particular government departments and debate the leaders of those departments in the House of Commons.

His 40-year-old brother, Ed Miliband, won a contest to succeed Gordon Brown, securing a victory over by 1.3 percentage points in a ballot of legislators, party activists and about 3.5 million labor union members. David Miliband, the elder brother, had long been predicted to win the contest.

In a statement, David Miliband said he would remain in the House of Commons, but feared his presence on his brother's team would lead to constant speculation about divisions between them.

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