David Miliband steps down

South Shields Labour MP David Miliband is expected to announce his resignation from Parliament, to take up a job in New York.

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Full Report: David Miliband steps down as South Shields MP

The political world has expressed sadness that South Shields MP David Miliband is leaving British politics.

Mr Miliband is considered to be one of the Labour Party's biggest talents and lost the contest to become party leader to his brother Ed in 2010.

He will now leave South Shields for New York to be president of the relief charity, The International Rescue Committee.

There is flash photography in this report from Rachel Bullock, which you can watch below.


Full Report: The region reacts to David Miliband's departure

How would the people of David Milliband's constituency react to news of his departure?

The MP has faced a tough juggling act, sorting out local problems whilst also having such a big national profile.

Many people in South Shields say that they are sorry to see him go, but thoughts are already turning to his successor, as Derek Proud reports.

You can watch his full report below.


South Shields' MP stands down to take on new charity role

David Miliband is standing down as the Labour MP for South Shields.

The former Foreign Secretary has been on the back benches since he lost the race for the party's leadership to his brother Ed.

Mr Miliband has confirmed that he has accepted the job as head of an International Rescue Charity in New York.

He will however continue his non-executive role with Sunderland Football Club.

The 47-year-old has been the MP for South Shields since 2001.

David Miliband to stay in role at Sunderland AFC

David Miliband has announced that he is to step down as Labour MP for South Shields.

The former Foreign Secretary joined the Board of Sunderland AFC in 2011 as vice chairman and non-executive director, and the club have announced that he will continue in his role at Sunderland AFC.

“David’s knowledge and experience has been a tremendous benefit to Sunderland AFC.

"Naturally we are delighted that he is to continue in his role at the club and we also wish him every success with this new chapter of his life.”

– Margaret Byrne, Sunderland AFC’s chief executive
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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:

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David Miliband: 'I gave my brother space to lead'

David Miliband has published his letter of resignation on his website. In it he says that following the leadership election - in which he lost out to brother Ed - he said he took a role on the "frontline" in order to give his brother space and the ability to lead "without distraction".

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and his brother David. Credit: Press Assocation

He said: "As you know, I see every day the damage this shocking government is doing to our country, and passionately want to see Labour back in power.

"After the leadership election, I felt I could be most helpful to the party on the front line, in South Shields and around the country, rather than on the front bench in Parliament.

"I felt this gave Ed the space and at the same time the support he needed to lead the party without distraction. He has done so with real success, leading a united team that has taken the fight to the Tories.

"I am very pleased and proud that our shared goal of making this a one-term government is achievable."

Read David Miliband's statement in full here.

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