Miliband: 'I'm quitting politics'

The former foreign secretary David Miliband told ITV News "I am quitting politics" as he announced he is resigning as an MP to become the head of a US charity. He admitted life was "tough" after losing the Labour leadership contest to his brother.

Latest ITV News reports

Ed Miliband: If I'm PM I'll get David involved

Ed Miliband told ITV News that if he becomes prime minister he will make sure his brother David is involved in British public life.

"I will make sure that he serves the country in one way or another because I think he's a huge talent," he told deputy political editor Chris Ship.

He said the brothers had "got past" the pain caused by the pair standing against each other for Labour leadership.

And he added that although he'd miss his brother in New York, he was "only a phone call away" and would "continue to be a support" across the pond.

Advertisement

Clegg: Miliband a 'big character' and real loss for Labour

I would never begrudge a politician the right to take a change of direction in their own life and that of their families if they wish to.

It seems to me he was one of the big characters in Labour who understood that an opposition can't just shout at a Government. An opposition also needs to come up with its own alternative.

So, to that extent I think it is a real loss to the Labour Party that he is no longer around making that point within Labour Party circles.

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister

David Miliband explains his decision to step down as MP

David Miliband told ITV News "I am leaving politics" as he steps down as an MP to take on a charity role based in New York.

He admitted life had been tough since losing the leadership election to his brother Ed.

Political Editor Tom Bradby began by asking him whether the move means an end to his political career:

Read more: The 'nearly man' of British politics steps off stage

Blair: 'It's timeout, not time over for David Miliband'

David Miliband tells ITV News: 'I am leaving politics'

The former Foreign Secretary David Miliband has told ITV News: "I am leaving politics."

He told political editor Tom Bradby it is "not fair for me to spend my time looking backwards and inwards" about losing the Labour leadership election to his brother Ed.

David Miliband talks to ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby. Credit: ITV News

He denied any falling out with his brother: "We fought a leadership election but we don't fight each other, Ed and I. That's not the Miliband way."

But he admitted: "Is it tough? Of course it's tough."

He said he "kept him [Ed] informed" about his new role.

Watch the interview here.

Read more: The 'nearly man' of British politics steps off stage

Advertisement

Miliband's local party: 'We want to choose our own MP'

David Miliband's local Labour party has said they want to choose their own MP, something he said they have not done in living memory.

John Anglin, secretary for the Constituency Labour Party in South Shields, said: "We are very surprised and it's a great loss to the Labour Party but that is what he has decided to do.

"He's done a lot of good work up here, with schools especially, but he's got a family and he knows what he wants to do.

"We wish him all the best but now we have to concentrate on South Shields and make sure we get a good MP.

"We want to make sure we are allowed to choose our own MP, something we have not done in living memory.

"We have a Labour-run council, which is doing great work, and we have the people up here who are capable of becoming an MP."

Read more: Tony Blair: 'I believe it's time out not time over for Miliband'

Bill Clinton: Miliband is a creative and able public servant

Bill Clinton has congratulated David Miliband on his appointment with the International Rescue Committee.

David Miliband photographed with Bill Clinton in 2008. Credit: Press Assocation

He said: "I congratulate the IRC on the appointment of David Miliband as its president. I have known David almost twenty years. He is one of the ablest, most creative public servants of our time."

Load more updates