David Miliband

David Wright Miliband (born 15 July 1965) is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the International Rescue Committee and a former British Labour Party politician.[1] He was the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from 2007 to 2010[2] and the Member of Parliament (MP) for South Shields from 2001 to 2013. He and his brother, Ed Miliband, were the first siblings to sit in the Cabinet simultaneously since Lord Edward and Oliver Stanley in 1938.


David Miliband
Miliband as Foreign Secretary
President of the International Rescue Committee
Assumed office
1 September 2013
Preceded byGeorge Erik Rupp
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
11 May 2010  8 October 2010
LeaderHarriet Harman (Acting)
Preceded byWilliam Hague
Succeeded byYvette Cooper
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
28 June 2007  11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byMargaret Beckett
Succeeded byWilliam Hague
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
In office
5 May 2006  27 June 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byMargaret Beckett
Succeeded byHilary Benn
Minister of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
11 May 2005  5 May 2006
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byRuth Kelly
Minister of State for the Cabinet Office
In office
16 December 2004  11 May 2005
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byDouglas Alexander
(2003)
Succeeded byDavid Laws
(2012)
Minister of State for Schools
In office
24 October 2002  16 December 2004
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byStephen Timms
Succeeded byStephen Twigg
Director of the Number 10 Policy Unit
In office
2 May 1997  7 June 2001
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byNorman Blackwell
Succeeded byAndrew Adonis
Member of Parliament
for South Shields
In office
7 June 2001  15 April 2013
Preceded byDavid Clark
Succeeded byEmma Lewell-Buck
Personal details
Born
David Wright Miliband

(1965-07-15) 15 July 1965 (age 56)
London, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)
Louise Shackelton
(m. 1998)
Children2 sons
ParentsRalph Miliband
Marion Kozak
RelativesEd Miliband (brother)
Alma materCorpus Christi College, Oxford
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

He started his career at the Institute for Public Policy Research. Aged 29, he became Tony Blair's Head of Policy while the Labour Party was in opposition, and he was a contributor to Labour's manifesto for the 1997 election, which brought the party to power. 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.

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. His tenure in this post saw climate change consolidated as a priority for policymakers. On the succession of Gordon Brown as Prime Minister in 2007, Miliband was promoted to become Foreign Secretary.[3] At the age of 41, he became the youngest person to hold that office since David Owen 30 years earlier. 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, 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.[4]

On 15 April 2013, 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.[2][5][6]