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The Right Honourable
 Ed Miliband 

Miliband at the 2007 Labour Party conference.

Assumed office 
3 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Office Created

In office
28 June 2007 – 3 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Hilary Armstrong
Succeeded by Liam Byrne

Member of Parliament
for Doncaster North
Assumed office 
5 May 2005
Preceded by Kevin Hughes
Majority 12,656 (40%)

Born 24 December 1969 (1969-12-24) (age 40)
St Pancras, London, United Kingdom
Political party Labour
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Oxford
London School of Economics
Religion Atheism

Edward "Ed" Samuel Miliband (born 24 December 1969) is a British Labour politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Doncaster North since 2005 and is the current Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Before that, he served as the Minister for the Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He is the younger brother of David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, and together the two are the first siblings to sit in the Cabinet simultaneously since Edward, Lord Stanley and his brother Oliver in 1938.

After graduating from university, Miliband became a Labour Party researcher and rose to become one of then-Chancellor Gordon Brown's confidants, being appointed Chairman of HM Treasury's Council of Economic Advisers. Miliband was elected Labour Member of Parliament for the South Yorkshire constituency of Doncaster North in the 2005 general election. Brown appointed him Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office in his first Cabinet in June 2007. On 3 October 2008, Miliband was promoted to Secretary of State at the newly created Department of Energy and Climate Change in a reshuffle.


Early life

Born in London, Miliband is the son of Jewish immigrants Marion Kozak and the late Marxist intellectual Ralph Miliband, a Warsaw native who fled Belgium during World War II.[1] He went to Haverstock Comprehensive School in the Chalk Farm area of London. As a teenager, he reviewed films and plays on LBC Radio's Young London programme as one of its "Three O'Clock Reviewers". He read PPE at Corpus Christi College, Oxford gaining a BA, and Economics at the LSE where he obtained an MSc.

Political career

After a brief career in television journalism, he became a speechwriter and researcher for Labour politician Harriet Harman in 1993, and then for Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown the following year. In 1997, following Labour's landslide election victory, Miliband was appointed as one of Gordon Brown's special advisers with specific responsibility as a speechwriter. In 2003–4, he spent a year's sabbatical at Harvard University, to study and lecture at Harvard's Centre for European Studies,[2] during which time he was 'granted access' to Senator John Kerry and reported back to Brown on the Presidential hopeful's progress.[3] In 2004 he was appointed chairman of HM Treasury's Council of Economic Advisers, directing the UK's long-term economic planning.

Doncaster North

In late March 2005, just weeks before the General Election, Ed Miliband beat off a challenge from Michael Dugher, then a special adviser to Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon,[4] to be the Labour candidate in the safe Labour seat of Doncaster North. Gordon Brown visited Doncaster North during the General Election campaign to support his former adviser.[5] Miliband was confirmed as the MP for the seat at 6.20 a.m..

Scottish Elections 1999

In 1999 he was involved in the process of building Labour's manifesto for the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections.[6] He was spotted leaving the Scottish Labour Party's headquarters on the night that a key policy meeting was held, involving the Scottish Secretary and senior party officials, to consider the party's election strategy and details of Labour's manifesto. As a result Miliband resigned from his post as Special Adviser at the Treasury, to work on the Scottish election campaign.[7] It was reported that part of Miliband's Scottish role was to take charge of Labour's rebuttal operation.[8]

In government

In early 2005 he resigned from HM Treasury in order to stand for election and, in May, was elected to Parliament. In Tony Blair's cabinet reshuffle in May 2006 he was made the Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office.[9]

In June 2007, he was appointed Cabinet Office minister in Gordon Brown's first cabinet.[10] This made him and David Miliband the first brothers to serve in Cabinet since Edward and Oliver Stanley in 1938. He was also given the task of drafting Labour's manifesto for the next general election. Like all Cabinet members, Miliband was appointed to Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council as he works in close proximity to papers of state and the monarch.

During the 2009 Expenses Scandal Miliband was named by the Telegraph as one of the "saints" of the expenses.[11]

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

On 3 October 2008, Miliband was appointed Secretary of State for the newly created Department of Energy and Climate Change.[12] in the cabinet reshuffle. On 16 October Miliband announced that the British government would legislate to oblige itself to cut greenhouse emissions by 80% by 2050, rather than the 60% cut in carbon dioxide emissions previously announced.[13]

Personal life

His previous partner was former Blair aide Liz Lloyd, who went to school in Guildford with Miliband's ex Cabinet colleague James Purnell,[14][15] though they had separated by October 1998.[16] His current partner is Justine Thornton, a Cambridge-educated barrister. They met in 2004, and live together in north London - where he grew up. Their baby son was born in early June 2009 at an NHS hospital in London.[17][18] He recently reunited with one of his family relatives in Moscow.[19]


  1. ^ Josephs, Bernard (2006-12-22). "David Miliband: Red to green in a generation". The Jewish Chronicle. http://www.thejc.com/articles/david-miliband-red-green-a-generation. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  2. ^ The Scotsman, 26 July 2002, p. 9
  3. ^ The Scotsman, 6 March 2004, p. 12
  4. ^ Yorkshire Post, 26 March 2005
  5. ^ Doncaster Free Press, 14 April 2005
  6. ^ The Scotsman, 6 April 1999, p. 1
  7. ^ The Scotsman, 8 April 1999, p. 11
  8. ^ The Scotsman, 23 April 1999, p. 13
  9. ^ "At-a-glance: Tony Blair reshuffle". BBC. 2006-05-05. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4976414.stm. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Brown unveils huge Cabinet revamp". BBC. 28 June 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6247502.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  11. ^ "MPs' expenses: The saints". the telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5342811/MPs-expenses-The-saints-Part-i.html?image=8. Retrieved 2009-08-13. 
  12. ^ Brown's Reshuffle BBC
  13. ^ "Tougher climate target unveiled". BBC. 16 October 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7673748.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  14. ^ The Independent, 14 August 1997, p. 5
  15. ^ The Guardian, 31 December 1997, p. 19
  16. ^ The Evening Standard, 15 October 1998, p. 18
  17. ^ The Guardian, 4 June 2009, p. 6
  18. ^ The Independent on Sunday, 7 June 2009
  19. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/6270240/Ed-Miliband-united-with-long-lost-relative-on-Moscow-phone-in-show.html

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Kevin Hughes
Member of Parliament for Doncaster North
Political offices
Preceded by
Hilary Armstrong
Minister for the Cabinet Office
Succeeded by
Liam Byrne
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
New title Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Simple English

Edward Samuel Miliband (born 24 December 1969) is an English politician and the current leader of the Opposition and of the British Labour party. Before the 2010 general election he had been a Minister for the Cabinet Office and a Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

He was born in London, and is the younger son of Marxist Ralph Miliband. He is the Member of Parliament for the Doncaster North constituency in the United Kingdom. He was first elected in the 2005 general election.

His brother David is also a Labour MP. He defeated his brother for leader of their party.

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