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article imageFormer Foreign Secretary to run for Labour leadership in UK

By Andrew John     May 13, 2010 in Politics
The race has begun to replace Gordon Brown as leader of Britain’s Labour Party after his resignation as both leader and Prime Minister earlier this week.
The former Foreign Secretary David Miliband has lost no time in putting his name forward, according to
He will formally launch his bid for the leadership in his constituency of South Shields in the Northeast of England next week.
The former Secretary for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls is likely to pose a challenge to Miliband. Harriet Harman, who was deputy leader, is now acting leader, but has said she won’t stand in the election for the leadership.
Miliband said of his aim to be leader: “I will be standing with a deep sense of humility at the responsibility attached to the post, but also great, great passion for the values and beliefs that led me into the Labour Party 27 years ago.”
Miliband, 44, had previously been Communities and Local Government Minister and the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
His wish to be leader is no secret. In 2008, Miliband wrote an article in the Guardian outlining his vision for the future of the Labour Party. There was some speculation about Brown’s future at the time of the article, after Labour’s defeat in a Scottish by-election.
Brown resigned as leader with immediate effect when he learned that the Liberal Democrats and the Tories had decided to form a coalition government after last week’s general election in the UK led to a hung parliament.
David Cameron has already held his first cabinet meeting after becoming Prime Minister on Tuesday evening.
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