David Miliband to step down

26th March, 2013 8:44 pm

Update: Nothing official yet, but we’d be surprised if the by-election isn’t on the same day as the county council elections in May.

The Mirror reports that:

“David Miliband is to stun Parliament by stepping down as an MP tomorrow to take up a “dream job” in New York.

The former Foreign Secretary – and brother of Labour leader Ed – intends to make the shock announcement tomorrow morning.

The Mirror understands he intends to step down with immediate effect, triggering a by-election in May.

He is thought to have confided in just a handful of close allies about his decision.”

We’ll bring you more on this as we have it.

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  • rekrab

  • What a terrible shame (not)

    • Care to expand?

      • rekrab

        Expand what? the leaving date? nah! asap will suffice.

      • Since losing the leadership election he’s devoted his time to private directorships and giving paid speeches. His parliamentary attendance as a backbencher is poor.

      • Since losing the leadership election he’s devoted his time to private directorships and giving paid speeches. His parliamentary attendance as a backbencher is poor.

        EDIT: This is basically the latest iteration of the monumental strop he has had since 2010. He’s still clinging to the past glory days of Blairism, and really doesn’t have much to offer. There are plenty of other MPs who can take his place.

      • Since losing the leadership election he’s devoted his time to private directorships and giving paid speeches. His parliamentary attendance as a backbencher is poor.

        EDIT: This is basically the latest iteration of the monumental strop he has had since 2010. He’s still clinging to the past glory days of Blairism, and really doesn’t have much to offer. There are plenty of other MPs who can take his place.

      • Since losing the leadership election he’s devoted his time to private directorships and giving paid speeches. His parliamentary attendance as a backbencher is poor.

        EDIT: This is basically the latest iteration of the monumental strop he has had since 2010. He’s still clinging to the past glory days of Blairism, and really doesn’t have much to offer. There are plenty of other MPs who can take his place.

        • jaime taurosangastre candelas

          Your first paragraph describes Gordon Brown (with the election he lost being national, and not Party), in my opinion a monumental disaster for this country. But he keeps on being an MP, “nominally”, although his appearances are very rare.

          David Miliband at least has the grace and self-knowledge to know when to “draw a line”.

          • You’re not wrong. I’m not sure if he intends to stand down in 2015 or not. Some former senior politicians make long careers for themselves on the backbenches, such as Ted Heath and Tony Benn, and if Brown wants to do that then that is admirable – but he should be a full time MP.

          • He thinks it best to concentrate on matters of his constituency rather than distracting from Ed Millibands task. He also does not milk the state for every penny he can get and gives a considerable amount of money away. When the electorate were cheated by the ‘microphone being left on’ incident by Murdoch’s Sky news so called reporting team, GB lost the best asset it had. We were out of recession and in a position that would have stood us in great stead over and above that of Europe.
            Instead we have Dumb & Dumber and there dumbed down destruction of Britain.

  • MikeAmesbury

    A loss to the Labour Party, pleased David is able to make a difference elsewhere

    • AlanGiles

      “Make a difference”. Ah – the old catchphrases are the best Mike. A classic from 1997 if ever was.

      • aracataca

        If Byrne goes who will you turn your vile personal abuse on then Alan? Of course we know who it won’t be – Her Majesty The Queen, Sir Mervyn KIng, Natalie Bennet, Caroline Lucas,Liberal Democrats, Tories and of course all the members of the coalition government.

        • AlanGiles

          Ah William, diddums. Sorry Miliband Major’s departure has upset you so.

          Never mind: since the sad news came through, tributes have been pouring in.

          Speaking in the USA, Tony Blair said simply “he was the People’s Princess”.

          James Purnell Tweeted “OMG! Most tragic news since ITV axed Heartbeat!” , while Dame Tessa Jowell said tearfully “It’s too, too sad. Dahling, dahling, dahling David – lorst, lorst, lorst, gawn,gawn gawn”

          As ever Bill we note your rather unhealthy obsession with Ms Bennett and Ms Lucas, your complete amnesia about what I have said about the likes of Duncan-Smith, Gove, Laws and Danny Alexander (that short term memory of yours!) and your hypocritical stand on “vile personal abuse”. That’s only acceptable when you’re the one doing it, isn’t it, matey?

  • robertcp

    I have never quite known why people rate David Miliband so highly. He was a careerist who lacked the sense to move away from New Labour and apologise for Iraq.

    • John Reid

      He couldn’t have been much of a careerist if he didn’t try to oust Gordon, and he assumed he was going to be leader, he didn’t campaign for the job, that’s why he lost, maybe he still feels getting rid of Saddam Husain was good, look at M.P David Anderson who was against Iraq, now feels it was right,

    • Iskra holstein

      It might be an idea to read stuff he has written. He gave a talk in the LSE about the european left about a year ago which you can access really easily. (Some of us are very concerned that all the good legislation say on employment which has come out of the EU might be switched off for us..).
      I watched him speak at the Commons debate about health. He spoke about the statistical strategies used in drugs trials, a hugely expensive activity and very important. David made the other contributors especially on the conservative side look very amateurish. RI remember the Tory in the front bench at the time, not a major figure, he looked every inch a burly and muscular enforcer..Il’l never forget the three hour- part of the debate I watched.
      Could you please give David’s supporters some credit to have actually observed the man in action?
      Clegg’s supporters admired his style in front of the cameras pre-election however misguidedly. Leadership qualities are something ALL people will seek despite your rantings.

    • He said that the Iraq War was wrong before. Moving away from New Labour? What does that actually mean – New Labour must evolve to meet new times.

  • It’s a huge loss to the party and to British politics, but it’s good that he’s found an alternate calling – it’s probably have been difficult for him since 2010. He’s also doing Ed and the party a favour, finally killing the speculation. Still, sometime in the future when things are less complicated, I hope he returns to public service – either back in the Commons, in the Lords or as an appointee or foreign envoy of some sort.

  • Brumanuensis

    I was starting to warm to David Miliband again, particularly after his speech on welfare in the Commons. However, his departure probably is for the best. Unlike his brother, I don’t think he could ever have accepted playing second fiddle.

  • AlanGiles

    United in grief, some of the original “Blair Babes” pay homage on the steps of Progress Head Office:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zmov3_nxAk0/TzSemVVhVWI/AAAAAAAABWk/nyNcfIXGgLk/s1600/three+queens.jpg

  • AlanGiles

    He certainly is motivated by money: the directorships, the scribbling for News International a nice little “Labour” figure for the more Conservative-minded party loyalist.

    I believe he did campaign to be leader in 2010, but in 2009 certainly his pal Purnell THOUGHT D Miliband was going to start a coup, but he couldn’t nerve himself to do it – it is always difficult to follow your posts, but I am sure he DID campaign – overtly and covertly.

  • AlanGiles

    ” He also does not milk the state for every penny ”

    No?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8039273.stm#brown_gordon
    (Brown)

    and D.Miliband:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5323221/David-Miliband-apologises-over-MPs-expenses.html

    What short memories some people have, Derek!

    • £253 a month for cleaning two flats. Not bad value in London. Was it against the rules?
      Since reporting the arrangement, the Telegraph group has clarified that there “has never been any suggestion of any impropriety on the part of the Prime Minister or his brother”.

      Also: For the avoidance of doubt, The Daily Telegraph does not allege that the Prime Minister’s brother, Andrew Brown, received any improper benefit from the Prime Minister’s expense claim for cleaning services. The Daily Telegraph accepts that the sums received by him from the Prime Minister were duly paid to their shared cleaner for services rendered to the Prime Minister and his wife.
      Taken from
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5293459/Who-is-Andrew-Brown-Profile-of-Gordon-Browns-brother-MPs-expenses.html

      I have lost count of the number of times the vitriolic right wing press have had to print retraction due to their lies about him. Not content with cheating him from office and bringing the coalition down on everyone’s heads they print continual falsehoods about him.

      There is nothing wrong with my memory, I suggest you do some open minded research about the man and stop reading the Daily Mail or Telegraph for your facts … try the Beano !

    • I also note the Tories have been told to ‘tweet as one’ that the Labour party has obviously ‘Lurched to the Left’.
      If any party ‘Lurched’ anywhere it was the Tories aided and abetted against all mandate to perpetrate their ruthless onslaught against the poor and needy whilst propping up the banks and milking the country dry. The entire object is the destruction of the welfare state in its entirety as quickly as possible as they know they have one term to take advantage of what was an American led banking scam.
      The next election is going to see this lot dumped big time.

    • Second attempt.. detailed post lost by the look of it; in brief:
      You need too look a bit closer, do your own research and stop listening to Murdochs lying papers … there was no infringement.
      I have lost count of the apologies the press have had to make to this man for printing lies about him.
      There is nothing wrong with my memory, I think it is you who needs to free your mind and think for yourself.

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