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David is 'huge support' to Miliband

Labour leader Ed Miliband insists his elder brother David is providing "huge support" to him.

Mr Miliband said he would like to see the former foreign secretary, who he defeated in last year's leadership contest, back in a senior role with the party.

He told BBC 1's Andrew Marr programme that his brother was focused on his grassroots campaigning Movement for Change and said "we've moved on" since the battle for the leadership.

The Labour leader said: "He is providing huge support to me as a brother. It's support I'm incredibly grateful for.

"He's doing his own thing, he is getting on with helping us. There's something called Movement for Change which he has founded to help organise people in Labour parties up and down the country so they can go out and make a difference in their own area."

Asked if he would welcome his brother back in to a senior role, he said: "Of course I would, and I've always said that. But that, in the end, is his decision."

He added: "Of course that could happen, but I'm getting on with my job. He is focused on supporting me and doing his own things.

"We've moved on and I think everybody else should to."

The senior Miliband will make only a fleeting appearance at the party's conference in Liverpool, speaking at a Movement for Change rally later.

He will not be in the hall to listen to his brother's keynote speech on Tuesday because he is heading to the United States on a speaking engagement, claiming he did not want to be a "distraction".


From Belfast Telegraph