40 Facts About David Miliband

1. David Miliband is married to Louise Shackelton, a professional violinist who previously worked with London Symphony Orchestra.

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2. David Miliband had supported going the war against Iraq, stating that they had weapons of mass destruction.

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3. David Miliband called for "responsible capitalism" when Google's Eric Schmidt commented on his corporation's non-payment of tax.

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4. David Miliband described himself as a new type of Labour politician, looking to move beyond the divisiveness of Blairism and Brownism, and calling for an end to the "factionalism and psychodramas" of Labour's past.

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5. In May 2014, David Miliband led Labour through the European Parliament elections, where the party increased its number of Members of the European Parliament from 13 to 20.

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6. David Miliband launched Labour's campaign for the 2012 local elections with a speech in Birmingham, accusing the coalition government of "betrayal", and claiming that it "lacked the values" that Britain needed.

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7. David Miliband conducted a final mini-reshuffle ahead of the 2015 general election in November 2014, when Jim Murphy resigned as Shadow International Development Secretary to become Leader of the Scottish Labour Party.

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8. On 7 October 2013, David Miliband reshuffled his Shadow Cabinet for the third time, saying that this would be the last reshuffle before the general election.

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9. On 24 June 2011, it was reported that David Miliband was seeking to change the decades-old rule that Labour's Shadow Cabinet would be elected every two years, instead wanting to adopt a system where he alone had the authority to select its members.

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10. David Miliband made an unplanned visit to Lanarkshire to draw a contrast between a Labour and Conservative future for Scotland within the UK.

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11. David Miliband campaigned in the Scottish independence referendum with the cross-party Better Together campaign, supporting Scotland's membership of the United Kingdom.

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12. David Miliband said Labour did not do enough to tackle moral problems during its 13 years in office.

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13. On 3 October 2008, David Miliband was promoted to become Secretary of State for the newly created Department of Energy and Climate Change in a cabinet reshuffle.

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14. David Miliband applied for selection to be the candidate in the safe Labour seat and won, beating off a close challenge from Michael Dugher, then a SPAD to Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon.

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15. In early 2005, David Miliband resigned his advisory role to HM Treasury to stand for election.

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16. On 25 July 2002, it was announced that David Miliband would take a 12-month unpaid sabbatical from HM Treasury to be a visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies of Harvard University for two semesters.

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17. David Miliband was elected to the House of Commons in 2005.

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18. David Miliband became first a television journalist, then a Labour Party researcher and a visiting scholar at Harvard University, before rising to become one of Chancellor Gordon Brown's confidants and Chairman of HM Treasury's Council of Economic Advisers.

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19. David Miliband chose not to be a member of Ed's shadow cabinet.

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20. David Miliband was born in London to Polish-Jewish parents and is an atheist.

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21. David Wright David Miliband is a British politician who was the Foreign Secretary from June 2007 to May 2010 and a member of Tony Blair's cabinet.

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22. David Miliband was seen by many as a potential challenger for Brown's leadership of the party.

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23. David Miliband had effected a crucial transformation in the party's internal character, and in this sense he has rightly commented himself that he formed the vital 'bridge' between Blairism and Corbynism.

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24. David Miliband married Louise Shackelton, a professional violinist formerly with the London Symphony Orchestra, in 1998.

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25. David Miliband is one of six members of the Global Advisory Board of Macro Advisory Partners, which advises multinational corporations, sovereign wealth funds, investors and governments.

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26. On 21 December 2010, the Office of David Miliband Limited was formed with Miliband and his wife Louise as directors.

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27. In May 2018 David Miliband joined Nick Clegg and Nicky Morgan in calling for a soft Brexit.

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28. David Miliband is Co-chair of the Global Ocean Commission which was founded in February 2013.

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29. On 10 November 2013, as IRC CEO, David Miliband ordered the war relief agency to mount an emergency response to a natural disaster—Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

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30. David Miliband said such "cross border aid" has reached about a half million Syrians with medical aid in cities that were "besieged and cut off from the UN help".

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31. David Miliband resigned from the shadow cabinet in October 2010, but continued to serve as the MP for South Shields.

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32. On 29 July 2008, David 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.

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33. David Miliband publicly insisted that he was not available to fill the post, as he was committed to remaining in the British cabinet.

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

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35. David Miliband has floated the idea of every citizen being issued with a "Carbon Credit Card" to improve personal carbon thrift.

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36. David Miliband believes the European Union and the World Trade Organization affect power relations between British and foreign farmers.

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37. In 1994 David Miliband became Tony Blair's Head of Policy and was a contributor to Labour's manifesto for the 1997 general election.

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38. On 15 April 2013, David Miliband resigned from Parliament in order to take up the posts of President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee in New York City, which triggered a by-election.

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39. In September 2010, David Miliband narrowly lost the Labour leadership election to his brother Ed.

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40. David Miliband spent the next few years in various junior ministerial posts, including at the Department for Education and Skills, before joining the Cabinet in 2006 as Environment Secretary.

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