Ed Miliband took advice from his older brother David over conference speech
Ed Miliband took advice from his older brother, David, over his widely-praised conference speech, the Labour leader disclosed today as he insisted the rift between them was over.
He confirmed he wanted to bring David back into his top team at some point - but stressed his brother preferred to remain on the backbenches for the moment.
The Independent reported today that one option being discussed within the leadership is asking the former Foreign Secretary to co-ordinate Labour's general election campaign in 2015.
Interviewed as the party conference in Manchester ended, Ed Miliband said family relations had returned to normal two years after he beat David for the Labour crown.
"I talked to David this week before my speech, about my speech, what was going to be in it, we talked quite a lot about the issues we face in politics," he said.
"Yes, the contest two years ago was a difficult time for us. We're over it and I think the Labour party is over it too."
Asked about the Independent's report, he replied: "I would like him to be back on the front bench at some point, I make no bones about that, but frankly that is a judgement we can make over the coming years."
He said his brother did not want to return "at the moment" because he was pursuing projects on youth unemployment and the environment as “part of the Labour party family”.
Mr Miliband also said he believed immigration levels among lower-skilled workers were too high and came close to ruling out a Labour government scrapping or means-testing universal benefits for the elderly such as the winter fuel allowance.
- 1 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 2 Emma Watson on Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak: 'Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated is reading the comments'
- 3 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
Perez Hilton apologises for publishing Jennifer Lawrence naked 4Chan photos
Jennifer Lawrence 'nude photo hacker' claims there are hundreds more celebrity images to come
Victoria Justice on naked photo leak: 'Let me nip this in the bud right now – pun intended'
Ariana Grande nude photos leak: Pictures are completely fake, say representatives
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain
£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Maths teachers requir...
£35000 - £38000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Executive Assistant/Event...
£23760 - £33600 per annum + pre 12 week AWR : Randstad Education Manchester Se...
£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: The JobAre you a trai...