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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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

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David Miliband tweets resignation letter

Labour MP David Miliband has stepped down as MP to become the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee in New York. He has tweeted his letter of resignation to Alan Donnelly, chair of the South Shields Constituency Labour Party:

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After a great deal of thought I’ve decided to accept the position of President and CEO of @theirc: http://t.co/Hc3U5qZYAE

Tony Blair statement on Miliband departure

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair says David Miliband will be a huge loss to UK politics

"I congratulate David on his appointment to a major international position. It shows the huge regard in which David is held worldwide. I'm sure he will do a great job. He is obviously a massive loss to UK politics. He was the head of my policy unit and then a truly distinguished Minister in the Government and remains one of the most capable progressive thinkers and leaders globally. I hope and believe this is time out not time over.

– Tony Blair

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"He raised the town's profile": local figures react to news of David Miliband's exit

North East figures have reacted on Twitter to the news that David Miliband is stepping down as South Shields MP.

Vera Baird is the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and a former Labour MP.

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Best of luck to @dmiliband, Louise and the boys for the future. David's been a strong voice for North East.

Ray Spencer is the Chief Executive of the Customs House, in South Shields.

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I'll miss the excitement of having a leading international politician representing the town. He certainly raised our profile #whonext

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