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David Miliband: Academic heavyweight to Labour star

David Miliband, who is reportedly to resign as an MP, rose quickly through the ranks of the Labour party after studying at two of the world's most prestigious universities:

  • First class PPE degree from Oxford followed by Kennedy Scholarship at Boston's MIT
  • Elected MP for South Shields in 2001 after seven years in Tony Blair's policy unit
  • Successive promotions to local government minister (2005), environment secretary (2006) and foreign secretary (2007 - 2010)
  • Narrowly lost Labour's leadership contest to brother Ed in 2010
  • Resigned from shadow cabinet shortly after leadership defeat

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Cross-party tributes paid to David Miliband

Labour MP Stella Creasy said it had been "an honour" to work in parliament with David Miliband.

Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron said Miliband was a "great politician and a lovely man."

Conservative MP Gavin Barwell said David Miliband was "a loss for British politics".

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Report: David Miliband to quit as MP to run US charity

David Miliband narrowly missed out on Labour Party leadership to his brother Ed. Credit: PA

David Miliband is to resign as an MP to take up a job in America, The Mirror reported.

The former foreign secretary has been offered a job running the International Rescue charity in New York, the report said.

Miliband's exit would trigger a by-election in his South Shields constituency.

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FSA: No 'cancer drug' found in horsemeat

The Food Standards Agency has dismissed claims that the horse drug 'bute' may have entered the human food chain in horsemeat.

The FSA said horses treated with the drug phenylbutazone are "not allowed to enter the food chain".

The FSA statement added: "During the recent horsemeat incident the Food Safety Authority of Ireland checked for the presence of phenylbutazone and the samples came back negative."

Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh earlier expressed fears that the drug may have entered the food chain through horsemeat slaughtered in UK abattoirs

Labour leader welcomes new Middlesbrough MP

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has welcomed new the Middlesbrough MP to the Commons.

Andy McDonald MP had a majority of more than 8,000 in Thursday's by-election over UKIP who came second for the first time in a parliamentary seat in the region.

Mr Miliband praised Mr McDonald for his services to Middlesbrough over the years.

He said: "You are somebody who served the people of Middlesbrough as a solicitor. You worked incredibly hard for people there."

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New Middlesbrough MP arrives at Westminster

Ed Miliband, was on hand to welcome new Middlesbrough MP, Andy McDonald (far right) to the Commons Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, was on hand to welcome Andy McDonald to the Commons alongside two other new members who also held on to safe Labour seats in Thursday's, November 29, by-elections.

Mr McDonald had a majority of more than 8,000 in Thursday's vote over UKIP who came second for the first time in a parliamentary seat in the region.

Tony Blair: my father "was a remarkable man"

Tony Blair cancelled his engagements in Newcastle today, November 15, to be at his father's side. Credit: Press Association Images

Tony Blair's father Leo has died today, at the age of 89 - he was taken seriously ill yesterday, November 15.

Tony Blair, the former MP for Sedgefield, cancelled his engagements in Newcastle today, to be at his side.

The former Prime Minister has praised his father's extraordinary spirit and says he was privileged to have him as a Dad.

Tony Blair, the former MP for Sedgefield, named his youngest son Leo after his father. Credit: Press Association Images
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