>David Miliband walks away from Labour front bench

>David Miliband has this evening walked away from front line politics, and the Labour front bench led by his brother. The former Foreign Secretary say he needs to “recharge his batteries”. He also said that he feared “perpetual, distracting and destructive attempts to find division where there is none and splits where they don’t exist”.

It seems quite bizarre that a leading party figure, who received more support from MPs/MEPS and members than the winner, now feels unable to be a lead figure in the Shadow Cabinet. All the other leadership candidates, including Diane Abbot, have put their names on the ballot to make up the 19 person team.

David may claim that he gets the ‘nice bonus’ of being able to spend more time with his family, surely the coalition is now the biggest winner of the Labour leadership contest.

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