Politics 12 August 2010 Jack Straw endorses David Miliband for leadership Former justice secretary says that David Miliband has the “strength and depth” to lead the Labour Pa Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Jack Straw has announced that he is backing David Miliband in the Labour leadership contest. The shadow justice secretary said that Miliband Sr "has the strength and the depth to stand up to David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions week after week, and he can stand up for the people who will be most badly hit in our communities". Miliband said he was "honoured" to have the endorsement, commenting that "Jack Straw has worked with Labour leaders since Harold Wilson". It is no surprise that Straw -- the "great survivor" of the New Labour project, first in the Blair camp, then in Brown's -- has made this endorsement. If nothing else, his nomination for Diane Abbott was a giveaway. Her votes came mainly from Socialist Campaign Group members and from supporters of David Miliband whom he lobbied to help her get on to the ballot paper. However, the man whom Barbara Castle said she hired for his "guile and low cunning" is a consummate politician, known for his canny judgement. In an interview with him, the New Statesman editor, Jason Cowley, noted that he has been "a kind of political weathervane, always knowing in which direction the wind was blowing". Miliband-D will be hoping that the judgement of this old-timer, who is soon to step back from front-line politics, is still on the money. › Laurie Penny on Mad Men: Airbrushing the truth about women Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Expressions of sympathy for terror's victims may seem banal, but it's better than the alternative Jeremy Corbyn fares well in his toughest interview yet Is the general election 2017 the end of Ukip?