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12 September 2016

What David Miliband thinks of Jeremy Corbyn

The former Labour rising star now heads up a charity.

By Julia Rampen

David Miliband, who left British politics after losing the leadership election in 2010 to his brother, has confirmed he’ll be voting against Jeremy Corbyn in this year’s contest.

But unfortunately for certain members of the Labour party, who view Miliband as the prince across the water, the former rising star is unlikely to come to the party’s rescue.

Miliband is now president and chief executive of the International Rescue Committee. Asked by German TV host Tilo Jung asked Miliband who he would back in the Labour leadership election, he protested: “I’m running a charity.”

But he said he would vote, and added: “I won’t vote for the current leader.” This wasn’t for personal reasons, but because “I disagree with him”, he explained.

In 2010, David Miliband beat other candidates in the first preference votes for Labour leadership among ordinary members and MPs and MEPs. But he lost to his brother Ed among trade unions and other affiliated members, which ultimately cost him the race.

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Miliband also described voting for the Iraq war as his “biggest mistake” in politics. He said: “The judgment that one exercised in good faith turned out to be badly flawed.” Tony Blair was not a war criminal, though, he argued.

He downplayed rumours he could work for a President Hillary Clinton. He told Jung: “You’ll find that the American government employs American citizens, not British citizens.”