Politics 11 May 2010 How the Miliband brothers question may yet be resolved Many expect Ed to run against David. Here’s another theory. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML The progressive alliance is still in the balance. What is clear, however, is that the Labour Party will have a new leader by the autumn. Mehdi and I are writing a piece about that race in the issue of the magazine that's out tomorrow. In the meantime, it is worth floating one theory that has yet to be aired: at present, the talk is of a race between the Miliband brothers, Ed Balls and possibly one or two others, including Jon Cruddas. But it remains possible that Ed Miliband, whom I first tipped in this magazine in late 2008, will not want to run against his elder brother. In which case, the already strong hand of the clear favourite, David Miliband, will be strengthened further as Ed Miliband, having gathered support, eventually "does a Gordon" and sacrifices himself to back David. Ed Miliband is perhaps the most talented rising star of all in Labour. The two brothers together would be a lethal dream ticket. But perhaps this is too clever by half. Special offer: get 12 issues of the New Statesman for just £5.99 plus a free copy of "Liberty in the Age of Terror" by A C Grayling. › Brown knew he had to fall on his sword. But will it work? James Macintyre is political correspondent for the New Statesman. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles The 4 questions to ask any politician waffling on about immigration How English identity politics will shape the 2017 general election What will the 2017 local elections tell us about the general election?