The real Miliband of the Labour Party criticised the party’s 2015 campaign, saying voters “did not want what was being offered,” BBC reported.
US-based David Miliband said former prime minister Gordon Brown and his younger brother Ed Miliband took the campaigns backwards in 2010 and 2015 respectively causing the party to taste defeat.The
There was “absolutely no point” blaming voters for Labour’s defeat, he added.
But Mr Miliband, who was beaten to the job of leader by his younger sibling in 2010, also said the two of them would “remain brothers for life”.
He ruled himself out of becoming the party’s next leader, which would not be possible as he is not an MP.
Mr Miliband quit parliament in 2013 to work for the International Rescue Committee charity in New York.
Ed Miliband resigned as Labour leader in the aftermath of the general election, which left his party on 232 seats, with the Conservatives securing an overall majority.
His approach was criticised at the weekend by Tony Blair and Labour veteran Lord Mandelson.
He said his brother and, before him, former Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown had “allowed themselves to be portrayed as moving backwards from the principles of aspiration and inclusion that are the absolute heart of any successful progressive political project”.
He added: “Either we build on what Labour achieved after 1997 and we have a chance to succeed, or we abandon it and we fail.”
But he said he remained in touch with his younger brother, adding that “many of the attacks on Ed were unpleasant and unfair and I think he dealt with them with enormous dignity and with courage… I’ve always said you remain brothers for life and that’s something that has to be kept”.
Asked whether Labour would be better off if he had been chosen as leader, Mr Miliband said there was “no point in trying to press the rewind button in life”.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian aid, relief and development nongovernmental organisation. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution or natural disaster. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities where it resettles refugees and helps them become self-sufficient.
Composed of first responders, humanitarian relief workers, international development experts, health care providers, and educators, the IRC has assisted millions of people around the world since its founding in 1933.