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Peers give backing to David Miliband

By Ben Padley

David Miliband appears to have further cemented his position as frontrunner for the Labour leadership after receiving the backing of 70 of his party's peers.

They signed a letter stating the former Foreign Secretary was the only candidate who could prevent Labour from staying out of power for the next decade.

The group, including former Home Secretary Lord Reid, former Transport Secretary Lord Adonis, and Lord Falconer, the former Lord Chancellor, said the party needed to change not “by looking inward and backwards” but by “reaching out and looking forward”.

Other signatories are Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Lord Puttnam and Lord Bragg.

Their support will be seen as a significant boost to the campaign of Mr Miliband, who has also received backing from more than 90 Labour MPs, as well as nominations from two trade unions and 102 Labour council and Labour group leaders.

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