59 Facts About David Miliband


David Wright Miliband was born on 15 July 1965 and is the president and chief executive officer of the International Rescue Committee and a former British Labour Party politician.


David Miliband was the Foreign Secretary from 2007 to 2010 and the Member of Parliament for South Shields in North East England from 2001 to 2013.


David Miliband was a candidate for Labour Party leadership in 2010, following the departure of Gordon Brown, but was defeated by his brother and subsequently left politics.


David Miliband started his career at the Institute for Public Policy Research.


Blair subsequently made him head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit from 1997 to 2001, at which point Miliband was elected to Parliament for the seat of South Shields.


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.


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


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 in South Shields.


David Miliband was given the middle name of "Wright" after the American sociologist C Wright Mills, a friend of his father.


David Miliband said of Poland, "My mother was born here, her life was saved by those who risked theirs sheltering her from Nazi oppression", and that he is "one of the million Britons who have Polish blood".


David Miliband was educated at Primrose Hill Primary School, in Camden, and Newlaithes Primary School, in Leeds.


David Miliband obtained four A-levels, and won admission to the University of Oxford.


David Miliband was an undergraduate student at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and obtained a first-class honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.


David Miliband was appointed Secretary of the IPPR's Commission on Social Justice upon its foundation in 1992 by the then leader of the Labour Party, John Smith.


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


David Miliband was given the nickname "Brains" by Alastair Campbell, after the Thunderbirds character.


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


David Miliband has said he believes agriculture is important for the UK's cultural heritage, economy and society and for the environment.


David Miliband has said disease control should be balanced with animal welfare.


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


David Miliband was the first British cabinet member to have a blog, though claims of excessive cost to the taxpayer provoked some controversy.


In January 2007 David 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.


David Miliband is an advocate for international awareness of Climate change and believes the cooperation of all nations is needed for environmental reform.


David Miliband's focuses include food retail waste management and greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural industries.


David Miliband believes that the EU should go further in two areas: a low carbon global economy and global action on climate change.


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


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


David Miliband was Britain's third youngest Foreign Secretary and the youngest person to be appointed to the post since David Owen.


David Miliband was left on his own again by the Prime Minister to speak in favour of the European Union Bill in the House on 21 January 2008.


On 21 February 2008, David Miliband admitted that two US extraordinary rendition flights had stopped on Diego Garcia, a UK territory, in 2002.


When questioned as to whether the government had deliberately misled the public over rendition, David Miliband apologised and stated that the government had "made a mistake".


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


However, in July 2010, Clive 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.


David Miliband's visit was met with protests by Sri Lankan nationalists, who accused David Miliband of attempting to save the lives of Tamil Tiger militants.


In December 2010 articles published in the British newspapers The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph highlighted that David Miliband was spending two-thirds of his time focusing on the Sri Lankan civil war, largely due to domestic political calculations.


David Miliband stated during the programme, in a response to a question about terrorism, that "yes, there are circumstances in which it is justifiable and yes, there are circumstances in which it is effective, but it is never effective on its own".


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


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 David Miliband gave a public warning against travel to Israel because of identity theft concerns.


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.


David Miliband, while denying claims by his detractors that he was seeking to provoke an early leadership election, did not rule himself out of eventually running for the leadership of the party.


Many grassroots supporters believed a David Miliband-led Labour Party would tackle the Conservatives more effectively, reaching out to voters in marginal seats as well as securing Labour's core support.


The other contenders for the leadership were Ed Balls, Andy Burnham, Diane Abbott and David's brother Ed Miliband, with David Miliband gaining the most nominations.


David Miliband announced on 29 September 2010 that he would be quitting frontline politics and would not be a part of his brother Ed's shadow cabinet.


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


David Miliband taught A-Level Government and Politics on a voluntary basis at Haverstock School.


On 26 March 2013 the Daily Mirror reported that David Miliband would be announcing the following day that he intended to resign as an MP and leave politics altogether.


David Miliband became the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee on 1 September 2013.


At the IRC, David Miliband has been overseeing humanitarian aid and development programs in 40 countries, a global staff of 12,000 and 1,300 volunteers, and an annual budget of $450 million.


On 28 February 2014, in a TV interview with KPBS Evening Edition in San Diego, David 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".


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".


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


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


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


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.


In January 2012, David Miliband joined the Board of Directors of Mauritius-based private equity group, Indus Basin Holdings.


David Miliband is a member of the advisory board to the Sir Bani Yas academic forum, which is hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates.


David Miliband is on the Advisory Board of VantagePoint Capital Partners.


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


Shackelton and David Miliband have adopted two newborn sons from the United States, the first in December 2004 and the second in October 2007, and currently live in New York City's Upper West Side.