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David criticises Ed’s leadership

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David Miliband
David Miliband
David Miliband

Ex-Foreign Secretary David Miliband has criticised his brother Ed’s leadership of the Labour Party, saying voters “did not want what was being offered”.

He told the BBC the leadership had allowed itself to be portrayed as “moving backwards”.

There was “absolutely no point” blaming voters for Labour’s defeat, he added reports BBC.

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, although that would not be possible anyway 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.

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 courageā€¦ 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”.