Miliband calls Israel boycott a mistake

LONDON, July 7 (UPI) -- British Foreign Secretary David Miliband reportedly called an academic union's boycott of Israel a mistake at a meeting with Israel's acting president.

Brown overhauls British Cabinet

LONDON, June 28 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Thursday announced his new Labor Cabinet in London, including the first female home secretary.

Britons may face garbage tax

LONDON, May 24 (UPI) -- The British government is developing a plan that would include a new tax on trash pickup aimed at bolstering recycling in the country. Environment Secretary David Miliband developed a plan that would outfit curb-bound trashcans with electronic sensors tha

British coastline to be open to public

LONDON, April 8 (UPI) -- A new measure set to be implemented in Britain would allow the nation's entire coastline to be completely open to the general public.

British MP Clarke eyeing Labor Party bid

LONDON, April 1 (UPI) -- British Member of Parliament Charles Clarke says that, under the right conditions, he would consider running for the leadership of the Labor Party.

U.K. Labor Party wants leadership contest

LONDON, March 5 (UPI) -- A poll of Britain's Labor Party members published Monday shows 73 percent favor a leadership contest when Prime Minister Tony Blair steps down this year.

Britain may adopt high school proms

LONDON, March 2 (UPI) -- Britain, with one of the highest drop-out rates in the industrialized world, is considering adopting proms as a reward for completing high school.
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David Miliband
United States President Barack Obama welcomes David Miliband, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom to the Nuclear Security Summit at the Washington Convention Center, Monday, April 12, 2010 in Washington, DC. UPI/Ron Sachs/Pool

David Wright Miliband (born 15 July 1965) is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Shields since 2001, and was the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2007 to 2010. He is the elder son of the late Marxist theorist Ralph Miliband. He and his brother, Labour Leader Ed Miliband, were the first siblings to sit in the Cabinet simultaneously since Edward, Lord Stanley, and Oliver Stanley in 1938.

Born in London, Miliband studied at Oxford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and started his career at the Institute for Public Policy Research. At 29, Miliband became Tony Blair's Head of Policy whilst the Labour Party was in opposition and was a major contributor to Labour's manifesto for the 1997 general election which brought the party to power. Blair made him head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit from 1997 to 2001, following which Miliband was elected to parliament for the North East England seat of South Shields.

Miliband spent the next few years in various junior ministerial posts, including at the Department for Education and Skills, before becoming Environment Secretary. His tenure in this post saw climate change consolidated as a priority for UK policymakers. On the succession of Gordon Brown as Prime Minister, Miliband was promoted to Foreign Secretary, at 41, the youngest person to hold the post since David Owen 30 years earlier. In September 2010 Miliband narrowly lost the Labour leadership election to his brother Ed. On 29 September 2010, he announced that to avoid "constant comparison" with his brother Ed, and because of the "perpetual, distracting and destructive attempts to find division where there is none, and splits where they don't exist, all to the detriment of the party's cause", he would not stand for the shadow cabinet.

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