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David Miliband

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David Miliband

British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for South Shields since 2001, and was the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2007 to 2010 add

Category: Politics

Born in 1965.

Countries: United Kingdom (63%), United States (5%), Europe (5%)

Main connections: Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, House of Commons of the United Kingdom

Linked to: Minister of State for Communities and Local Government, Labour Party, Cabinet of the United Kingdom, Department for Education and Skills




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David Miliband was born in 1965 add something


From 1988 to 1989 he took a master's degree in Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Kennedy Scholar add something


From 1989 to 1994, he worked as a Research Fellow and policy analyst at the Institute for Public Policy Research add something


He was appointed Secretary of the IPPR's Commission on Social Justice upon its foundation in 1992 by the leader of the Labour Party, John Smith add something


In 1994 Miliband became Tony Blair's Head of Policy and was a major contributor to Labour's manifesto for the 1997 general election add something


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 add something


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 add something


After Labour's victory in that election, Blair made him the de facto Head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit, a position which he held until the 2001 election add something


In the 2001 general election he was elected to Parliament for the Labour stronghold of South Shields, succeeding David Clark add something


Political commentator Andrew Rawnsley of "The Observer" wrote in 2002 that "He is on the Left of the New Labour spectrum add something


After a year as a backbench MP he was appointed Schools Minister, a junior minister in the Department for Education and Skills in June 2002 add something


Shackelton and Miliband have adopted two newborn sons from the United States, the first in December 2004 and the second in October 2007 add something


On 15 December 2004, in the reshuffle following the resignation of David Blunkett, he replaced Ruth Kelly as a Cabinet Office Minister add something


Following Labour's third consecutive election victory in May 2005, he was promoted to the Cabinet as Minister of State for Communities and Local Government within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister add something


On 5 May 2006 following the local elections Tony Blair made a major cabinet reshuffle in which Miliband replaced Margaret Beckett as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs add something


In August 2006, in an effort to put environmental reform into action, Miliband developed a place for a collaborative "environmental contract" to be developed on a Defra Wiki site add something


Ecotax - In a 2006 proposal, the U.K.'s then-Environment Secretary David Miliband had the government in discussions on the use of various green taxes to reduce climate-changing pollution


John Prescott - The press speculated in July 2006 that, as a consequence of the continuing problems centred on Prescott, Blair was preparing to replace him as Deputy Prime Minister with David Miliband, whilst possibly retaining Prescott as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, but nothing came of this


In January 2007 Miliband sparked minor controversy by saying there was no evidence organic food was better than conventionally grown produce, though he later clarified that he was referring specifically to health benefits add something


On 28 June 2007, the day after Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, Miliband was appointed Foreign Secretary add something


Miliband's first Foreign Office questions session as Foreign Secretary in the House of Commons was on 3 July 2007 add something


On the morning of 13 December 2007, Miliband stood in for Prime Minister, Gordon Brown at the official signing ceremony in Lisbon of the EU Reform Treaty, which was attended by all other European heads of government add something


Gordon Brown - On 13 December 2007, Foreign Secretary David Miliband attended for the Prime Minister at the official signing ceremony in Lisbon of the EU Reform Treaty


After his trip to India in 2008 following the Mumbai attacks, Miliband wrote in an article that "resolution of the dispute over Kashmir would help deny extremists in the region one of their main calls to arms, and allow Pakistani authorities to focus more effectively on tackling the threat on their western borders" add something


On 29 July 2008, Miliband wrote an article in "The Guardian" that outlined his vision of a future of the Labour Party but made no mention of Gordon Brown add something


Stuart Wheeler - In January 2008, Wheeler brought an action against the government, represented by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Foreign Secretary David Miliband, over the government's process of ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon


Treaty of Lisbon - In the UK, the European Union Bill was debated in the House of Commons on 21 January 2008, and passed its second reading that day by a vote of 362 to 224; Prime Minister Gordon Brown was absent that day, and left the Bill to be defended by David Miliband


Muslim Council of Britain - On 3 March 2008, the MCB criticised the Foreign Secretary David Miliband's response to Israel's killing of over 100 Palestinians in Gaza as "blatantly one-sided


In an interview with CNN in 2009, Miliband stated that he grew up in a secular setting, and describes himself as an atheist with a "huge respect" for people of faith add something


In autumn 2009, as the treaty came close to coming into force, Miliband was named as being under consideration for the post as EU officials regarded him as "ideal material" add something


On 5 February 2009, Miliband made a statement to the House of Commons concerning Guantanamo Bay detainee and former British resident Benyam Mohammed add something


On 23 February 2009, Benyam Mohammed returned to Britain and was granted temporary residence add something


During his visit to Poland in June 2009, Miliband went to his family tomb in the Jewish Cemetery in Warsaw add something


In August 2009, Miliband was a guest on BBC Radio 4's "Great Lives" programme, choosing South African Communist Party leader and anti-apartheid activist Joe Slovo add something


Conservative Party (UK) - In 2009, then-Foreign Secretary David Miliband accused the Conservative Party of having links to far-right parties


Tony Baldry - In September 2009 Baldry, in his capacity as a barrister instructed by the solicitor Sarosh Zaiwalla, wrote a letter to Foreign Secretary David Miliband on behalf of Nigerian governor James Ibori, who was under investigation by Scotland Yard for corruption


On 23 March 2010, the UK expelled an Israeli diplomat owing to claims that an embassy official from that country forged passports, relating to the Assassination of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh, and Miliband gave a public warning against travel to Israel because of identity theft concerns add something


On 12 May 2010, flanked by 15 supportive MPs outside the House of Commons, Miliband announced he would stand for the leadership election of the Labour Party add something


The result of the contest was announced on 25 September 2010, the day before the start of the 2010 Labour Party Conference in Manchester add something


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 add something


Miliband resigned from the shadow cabinet in October 2010, and since has been serving as the MP for South Shields add something


In December 2010 articles published in the British newspapers The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph highlighted that Miliband spent two thirds of his time focusing on Sri Lankan civil war largely due to domestic political calculations, the source of the articles was a leaked US diplomatic cable published by Wiki Leaks add something


On 21 December 2010, The Office of David Miliband Limited was formed with Miliband and his wife Louise as directors add something


Alan Johnson - Having been touted in the media as a possible successor to outgoing Labour leader Gordon Brown, Johnson officially announced to the BBC on 12 May 2010 that he would not be standing in the forthcoming leadership contest, and would instead be backing David Miliband


Clive Stafford Smith - In July 2010, Stafford Smith accused former Foreign Secretary David Miliband of "fighting tooth and nail" to prevent the release of vital documents during the Binyam Mohamed case


In 2011, he became Senior Global Advisor for Oxford Analytica add something


Jo Brand - In January 2012 she gave the Annual South Shields annual lecture at Harton Technology College alongside the MP for the town, David Miliband


On 26 March 2013 the "Daily Mirror" reported that Miliband would be announcing the following day that he intended to resign as an MP and leave politics altogether, taking up a charity post as head of the International Rescue Committee in New York add something


On 15 April 2013, Miliband resigned from Parliament in order to take up a post as the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee in New York City, which triggered a by-election add something


Miliband became the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee on September 1, 2013 add something


On The ABC News Program of October 13, 2013, "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos, David Miliband commented that he worried about the immediate effects of the current diplomatic solution in Syria of sending in Chemical Weapons Inspectors and destroying the chemical stockpiles would have on the ongoing crisis add something


Alan Donnelly - When David Miliband resigned from this seat in 2013, it was Donnelly that he wrote his resignation letter to


Paolo Di Canio - His appointment as the manager of Sunderland on 31 March 2013 brought about the resignation of the club's vice-chairman David Miliband, a Labour politician and former foreign secretary


On February 28 2014, in a TV interview with KPBS Evening Edition in San Diego, Miliband reiterated that the US and other nations needed to intervene "both politically as well as financially" in Syria where one in two Syrians was displaced because the government of Bashar al-Assad was "dropping barrel bombs on its own citizens" add something


On February 28, 2014, in a TV interview with KPBS Evening Edition in San Diego, Miliband reiterated that the US and other nations needed to intervene "both politically as well as financially" in Syria where one in two Syrians was displaced because the government of Bashar al-Assad was "dropping barrel bombs on its own citizens" add something


In May 2018 Miliband joined Nick Clegg and Nicky Morgan calling for a soft Brexit add something


Steve Richards - In 2018, he presented another series of unscripted episodes for BBC Parliament, entitled "Reflections: The Prime Ministers We Never Had", which profiled Rab Butler, Denis Healey, Tony Benn, Roy Jenkins, Neil Kinnock, Michael Heseltine, Kenneth Clarke, Michael Portillo, and David Miliband and Ed Miliband