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

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has paid tribute to David Miliband, following news of his resignation as an MP.

David Miliband photographed with Tony Blair in 2007. Credit: Press Assocation

"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."

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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.