70 Labour peers back David Miliband for leader
Saturday 07 August 2010
David Miliband appeared to further cement his position as the frontrunner in the Labour leadership race yesterday after receiving the backing of 70 of his party's peers.
They signed a letter stating that the former foreign secretary was the only candidate who could prevent Labour from staying out of power for the next decade.
The group, including the former home secretary Lord Reid, ex-transport secretary Lord Adonis and the former lord chancellor Lord Falconer, said the party needed to change not "by looking inward and backwards" but by "reaching out and looking forward". Other signatories included Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Lord Puttnam and Lord Bragg.
Their support will be seen as a significant boost to the campaign of Mr Miliband, who has also received backing from more than 90 Labour MPs, as well as nominations from two trade unions and 102 Labour council and group leaders.
The peers' letter said: "Our Labour Party history shows that when we lose an election we are out of power for a decade. This time it is our responsibility to pick a leader who can buck that trend. We believe that David Miliband is that person."
The next Labour leader will have to do without the services of Jack Straw, who is to step down from frontbench politics in October after 30 years. The Blackburn MP, who served as justice secretary, home secretary, foreign secretary and leader of the Commons, said he believed the party needed a "fresh start".
Mr Straw said yesterday: "I'll be spending more time on my constituency and I will be writing a memoir in time."
- 1 PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
- 3 The Grace Dent Christmas Questionnaire
- 4 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 5 British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
PlayStation and Xbox hacked by Lizard Squad
Antonio Martin shooting: Black teenager may have tried to ambush patrolman, says police officer's lawyer
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'
Boxing Day snowfall set to push even more bargain-hunters online for sales
The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Alex Salmond has 'broken his word to the Scottish people' says Scottish Lib Dem leader
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...
£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...
£70000 - £75000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager/Marketi...