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Miliband feud denied by David

I have moved on from leadership election, says Labour leader's brother

David Miliband has been forced to deny plotting against his brother amid claims they are still feuding over the Labour leadership.

The former Foreign Secretary called for the party to unite behind Ed, dismissing reports he wanted him to fail as "soap opera".

"I have moved on from the leadership election and so should everyone else," Mr Miliband said in a statement. "Ed won, I stand fully behind him and so should everyone else."

The latest wave of speculation over the brothers' relationship has been sparked by an unauthorised biography alleging that the fallout from last year's contest was far worse than either has admitted publicly.

The revelations have fuelled doubts about Mr Miliband's future at the helm of the party amid criticism of his performance against Prime Minister David Cameron.

Last week's leak of a text of the victory address David Miliband had planned to deliver - admitting Labour's economic stewardship was flawed - did nothing to dampen rumours of divisions.

But in his statement yesterday the elder sibling insisted: "We all have our part to play in supporting Ed and the frontbench team to ensure we expose this Government for its reckless policies that are damaging the country.

"The rest is soap opera of which I want no part."

According to the book, Ed: The Milibands And The Making Of A Labour Leader by Mehdi Hasan and James Macintyre, Mr Miliband claims he went to David's home and told him that he intended to seek the leadership.

But the elder brother apparently denies that such a meeting ever took place.

The brothers' mother, Marion, is said to have backed Ed for the leadership. She apparently believes the family will never be the same because of the row.

Background

The book Ed: The Milibands And The Making Of A Labour Leader refers to reports that Ed tricked his sibling into not challenging Gordon Brown before the 2010 General Election to boost his own chances of succeeding. This is claimed to have sparked a separate rift between Ed and David's respective wives, Justine Thornton and Louise Shackelton.

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