10 November 2009

Miliband “sees his future in British politics"

That is what “a friend of the foreign secretary” has told Nick Robinson:

David Miliband has turned down the possibility of a new career as "Europe's Foreign Secretary" - the post formally called EU high representative

Mr Miliband's decision follows lobbying from colleagues who have urged him not to desert the Labour Party and who regard him as Gordon Brown's natural successor.

This is more definitive:

I have learnt that he told the president of the Party of European Socialists (PES), Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, that he was not interested in the job when the two men spoke yesterday.

Robinsosn’s timely revelation may do enough to close down the speculation that Miliband will not be off to Europe, but it will do little to dampen the possibility that he will succeed Brown before the election.

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1 comment:

  1. Why would anybody of Milliband's age want to take on the leadership of the Labour party after Brown goes? Surely William Hague's experience post '97 should be a salutary lesson.

    I could understand somebody at the end of their political career taking on the job out of a sense of duty or self aggrandisement but not a youngster.