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David Miliband resigns as MP

Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who had a sour relationship with Sri Lanka during and after the war, has decided to resign from British politics.The British media said that his departure closes a rift at the top of the Labour Party but raises questions about its direction under his brother Ed Miliband. In June 2007, the MP, who is married to American violinist Louise Shackelton, was appointed Foreign Secretary by former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.In the past two years, it is claimed he has earned almost a £1 million on top of his MP’s salary from lucrative directorships and speaking roles.He also also spoken at events calling for an investigation in Sri Lanka into alleged war crimes. (Colombo Gazette) After the 2005 General Election, the Prime Minister promoted him to the Cabinet with responsibility for Communities and Local Government before becoming Environment Secretary in 2006. Miliband, 47, is said to be leaving the UK to run the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a charity based in New York. The Telegraph website said that as a backbencher he has been the subject of constant speculation about a potential return to front line politics, possibly replacing his brother.David Miliband was regarded as the last major Blairite figure in active Labour politics. In recent weeks, it has been suggested he might make a return to the Labour front bench. Last year Ed Miliband disclosed that tensions between him and his brother remained over their battle for the Labour leadership.He claimed he had no regrets about challenging for the leadership despite the lasting consequences it had on his family, with the subsequent breakdown in their relationship being especially painful for their mother Marion.Before becoming an MP, Mr Miliband, a father-of-two, worked with Tony Blair in Downing Street. His move comes more than two years after he was narrowly beaten to the party leadership by his brother. read more