David Miliband asked about returning to politics
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David Miliband did not rule out a return to politics today after hinting at a comeback. The former Labour foreign secretary was asked about his intentions during a speech at Chatham House.
It comes after Mr Miliband, who stood down as MP for South Shields in 2013, repeatedly refused to rule out a comeback yesterday during an interview with Andrew Marr on LBC.
Speaking today, Mr Miliband insisted he had given the “same” reply he always gives to the question.
But he did not rule out the possibility of standing as an MP again.
Mr Miliband said: “My interview was about my speech today actually rather than about my own career.
“What I said to him was, I always say the same thing, which is that I make my professional decisions on the basis of where I think I can make the most impact, consistent with my commitments to my own family.”
It comes after the ex-foreign secretary, who is now President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, yesterday hinted a return to politics could be on the cards.
Mr Miliband also praised the Labour Party under Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership.
Responding to suggestions he will be back in Parliament by the next election, Mr Miliband said: “That’s not been decided yet. That’s not done.
“I’m not even going to go there because I’ve got to do justice to the people who are working for the International Rescue Committee.
“It means a lot to me that job, and I’m very committed to it.
“The Labour Party is, thank God, put itself into a position where it’s got good people leading it.
“It’s developing its plans for Government. That’s something that I think is really essential for the country that I really care about.”
But he later added that “if you start thinking about your next job, you get yourself into trouble”.
Mr Miliband began his political career as a senior policy adviser to Tony Blair in Downing Street in the 1990s.
He was elected as the MP for South Shields in 2001 and had a number of ministerial positions when Labour were in power.
He lost the Labour leadership race in 2010 to his brother Ed Miliband before quitting politics in 2013.
But Labour sources told HuffPost there was no imminent prospect of him being a candidate at the next general election, which is due in 2024 or 2025.
It comes as Labour is surging ahead of the Tories in polling with double-digit leads.
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