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Dave Miliband says he's one to unify Labor

Sept. 11, 2010 at 8:45 PM

LONDON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- David Miliband warns the defeated British Labor Party it will face a long exile if it picks the wrong leader, such as his brother Ed.

David Miliband, the former foreign secretary leading in the internal race to succeed ousted Prime Minister Gordon Brown as party chief, told The Daily Telegraph in an interview he was "trying to persuade the Labor Party not to lose three or four elections before it bounces back."

He described himself as "the unity candidate," in implicit contrast to his younger brother, who is seen as more likely to move the party to the left and is running second in party polls.

Ed Miliband's economic plan, sent to Labor members, calls for reducing unemployment by a million within five years, moving away from financial services toward high-wage industry and helping the middle class and poor, The Guardian reported.

David Miliband said the contest with his brother "hasn't turned into the bloodbath that people predicted. It's been brotherly, fraternal, warm."

The winner is to be announced in Manchester Sept. 25, the eve of the party's annual conference.

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