David Miliband to return in spring 2014?

January 7, 2013 7:35 am

In The Times this morning Roland Watson reports that:

“David Miliband is beginning to give serious thought to a return to the front line. For well-documented personal reasons, all dating to the Manchester convention centre in September 2010 when he learnt that he had been pipped to the Labour crown, this is not an easy decision. Nor has he made one. However, an emerging scenario would see him return to the Labour front bench next spring.”

It’s possible to see this as the extention of recent (unfounded) briefing against the position of Ed Balls – and that might explain the timing of such a revelation – but it is still eminently possible that David Miliband is planning a 2014 return to the Shadow cabinet.

The question is, if he’s willing to return, why not do so now? Come back David – before it’s too late.

  • aracataca

    ‘this is not an easy decision. Nor has he made one’.

    Any suggestion that is an invented story to fill out newspaper space is, and must remain, pure speculation.

  • http://twitter.com/doktorb Líam

    Having a brother “tag team” as Leader and Chancellor? Are you joking?!

  • AlanGiles

    Are Sunderland Football Club sure they can spare him. And will big brother be able manage without his £125,000 for sixteen days work?.

    If this story is true, it just proves that Labour 2012 is a repeat of New Labour. Crudas is a mere figleaf

    • Chilbaldi

      One eyed hatred of a man you perceive to be the great hope for New Labour. In truth he isn’t a swivel-eyed right winger, but a moderate in the 1997-2001 NL mould who would be an electoral asset on the front bench.

      • AlanGiles

        I get sick to death of pointing out I don’t “hate” anybody. Such a frankly puerile thing to say.

        But may I remind you D Miliband supported the Iraq war fore and AFTER the event – as recently as 2011.

        One of the great bones of contention of recent Labour history.

        Also the mans personal greed is hardly in accord with this idea that Labour is full of selfless individuals.

      • aracataca

        DM hasn’t made a decision on this matter Chilbaldi. It’s a non-story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.kenyon.169 Peter Kenyon

    Dear Mark

    Thanks for giving fresh wind to a tired-old kite. Forewarned is forearmed. David may be giving some thought to this idea. But perhaps he has forgotten that his brother abolished shadow cabinet elections. Personally, I thought that was wrong, and I still do. Nothing would have given me greater pleasure than seeing David fail to make the cut electorally again. Unless of course, he had had a Damascene moment, become a fully paid up democratic socialist and is leading a call for the restoration of shadcab elections.

    I would be the first to applaud.

  • ColinAdkins

    I think that would be a good time for me to enter front line politics. Oh sorry I never went to the right University.

  • IAS2011

    Is this a non-story?

    We all know he is wavering in the background, but does so out of the ‘respect’ for his brother. Why would he ‘come back’ in 2014 – if not to challenge a front position or to become a front page story in another ‘bruising’ way!

    If the stories are true that David Milliband is not a ‘people person’ (worse than other politicians?), why on earth should we even care?

  • gdayscott@gmail.com

    Good. He’s v clever. Shame he’s not Foreign Minister now. Not sure how the rest of the world are interpreting William Hague :-/

  • Brumanuensis

    What I want to know is how political correspondents all seem to be psychic, in that they seem peculiarly familiar with the inner emotional states of politicians.

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