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  • It had been widely expected that Ed's older brother David Miliband, a man who had experience of high office as Foreign Secretary in the previous Labour government, would win the leadership
  • The general reaction of the press has been neutral to negative, with some commentators suggesting that Ed Miliband will prove to have been a disastrous choice and castigating him for his supposed left-wing bias, but I think they are underestimating his ability

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      Ed Miliband is the leader of the Labour Party, the main opposition party in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. He was elected in September 2010 after a voting process lasting several months which was based on a three-cornered electorate made up of affiliated union members, Labour MPs and individual party members.

      Miliband’s election came as something of a surprise to many people both inside and outside the


      party. It had been widely expected that Ed’s older brother David Miliband, a man who had experience of high office as Foreign Secretary in the previous Labour government, would win the leadership. In the event strong union support for Ed carried the day, and David was so hurt by the result that he announced his retirement from front line politics.

      Although I am not a member of the Labour Party (or indeed of any other political party) I suspect that the result may prove to be a good one for them. The general reaction of the press has been neutral to negative, with some commentators suggesting that Ed Miliband will prove to have been a disastrous choice and castigating him for his supposed left-wing bias, but I think they are underestimating his ability.

      One thing that ...


      • Ed Miliband (politican)
      does worry me to some extent is the make-up of the shadow cabinet team that Miliband has chosen. For example, his decision to appoint Alan Johnson as shadow chancellor of the exchequer seems a little bit strange, given that Johnson’s strengths are in “spending departments” such as health or education - he is not a natural fit to the Treasury. One or two of the junior team
      he has selected also have questions hanging over their ethics.

      However, for the most part my feeling is that Ed Miliband will grow into the job and become a reasonably successful party leader. I think it may be unlikely that he will ever win a general election outright and become Prime Minister, but he could definitely be the man who prepares the ground for a successor who doe.



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