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11 May 2015

David Miliband condemns Ed Miliband’s strategy

Like Cain and Abel, but for social democrats.

By Stephen Bush

David Miliband has rounded on his brother’s campaign strategy, saying that Labour lost because the voters did not “did not want what was being offered”. 

Miliband, who was defeated by his younger brother in 2010, said that both Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown “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.”

Miliband confirmed that he is still in touch with his younger brother, saying: “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 would be better off if he had been chosen as leaders, Mr Miliband said there was “no point in trying to press the rewind button in life”, and ruled out standing for the vacant position.

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