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Breaking: David Miliband 'to quit' as MP, reports claim

David Miliband is to step down as an MP, it is reported Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The brother of Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband is to step down as an MP to take up a charity role in New York, it was reported tonight. The former foreign secretary, David Miliband, who went to school in Leeds will announce the move tomorrow, the Daily Mirror said.

There had been widespread rumours that he was set for a return to the opposition front bench, with his sibling insisting recently that "the door is open". But instead he is expected to quit UK politics altogether, triggering a by-election in his South Shields seat.

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Hague: "Ed Miliband, you are no Disraeli"

William Hague speaking at the Conservative Party's autumn conference. Credit: PA Wire

North Yorkshire MP William Hague today tried to seize back Benjamin Disraeli for the Tories, after Ed Miliband last week claimed the "One Nation" phrase for Labour.

Mr Miliband, who represents Doncaster North, mentioned the phrase 46 times in 65 minutes in his party conference speech in Manchester.

But in a speech to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham today, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

"To borrow a turn of phrase, we were led by Disraeli, our predecessors knew Disraeli, Disraeli's beliefs were Conservative through and through, and, Ed Miliband, you are no Disraeli."

Labour Party Conference round-up

Labour Leader - and Doncaster North MP - Ed Miliband made his big speech yesterday at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester. To the faithful was, naturally, warmly received, with one union leader saying it was the best he'd ever heard from him.

Our political correspondent, Ben Erlam, has been speaking to some of our region's MPs to see what they thought of their leader's speech.

Conservative Party attacks Labour's education record

As Ed Miliband prepares to give a conference speech in which he will pledge that a Labour Government would carry out biggest shake-up of vocational education for a generation, the Conservative Party has attacked his party's education record.

Under Labour, we saw our country’s education system plummet down the global league tables, far fewer apprenticeships created than our competitors, and youth unemployment rising even before the boom turned to bust.

This Government is taking radical steps to create more good schools, reform vocational qualifications and create far more apprenticeships than Labour ever did. But Labour have opposed our reforms that will give our children the skills to compete in a world that has changed.

– A spokesperson for the Conservative Party.
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