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Interview: Doughty's thrilling novel of adultery and murder captures the zeitgeist in women's fiction.

'I can best support Ed from the backbenches'

David Miliband confirmed today he will not be seeking to serve in his brother's first frontbench team.

The awkward dilemma facing a vanquished contender

After spending four agonising days pondering whether or not to take up a place in his younger brother's Shadow Cabinet, an unguarded comment during the new Labour leader's speech yesterday has added a last-minute twist to David Miliband's imminent decision over his political future.

Caught unawares, David Miliband finally makes true feelings known

David Miliband is expected to announce today he is to quit frontline politics after being angered by his brother Ed's condemnation of the Iraq war in his debut speech as Labour leader.

Behind the united front, the loser's wife sobs backstage

Reaction suggests leadership battle has left family scarred

Darling urges David Miliband to accept Shadow Cabinet role

Alistair Darling delivered a public plea last night to David Miliband not to turn his back on the party following his dramatic defeat to his younger brother in the Labour leadership election.

David Miliband: 'Labour must unite behind Ed'

David Miliband pleaded with Labour today not to turn the leadership struggle into the kind of "soap opera" that disfigured the Blair and Brown era.

Matthew Norman's Diary: I've got David Miliband's future all mapped out

Don't dare say you didn't read it here first – unless you never read it here at all, of course, or read it somewhere else first. The template for the Milibandroid was indeed the one cited on this page in June... the Frasier episode in which Little Niles pips Frasier to become the wine club Corkmaster by an infinitesimal margin.

Miliband's unmarried status is unlikely to bother voters

Ed Miliband has scored a minor historic first by being the only unmarried man ever to be elected leader of the Labour Party – though that says more about how society has changed than it says about him.

Big brother refuses to tell Ed if he'll serve on the front bench

The former Foreign Secretary may quit frontline politics, reports Andrew Grice

How the union barons colluded to crush David Miliband's dream

They were clutching pints of beer, but they must have been tempted to crack open the champagne. The union barons Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley were all smiles in the gleaming bar of the Radisson Hotel hours after Ed Miliband clinched his dramatic leadership victory.

The Sketch: Manchester's lesson: a game of two brothers

They were bordering on hysterical, even before the show began. Hundreds of Labour Party activists snaked round the Manchester Central Conference Centre for hours yesterday afternoon – most of them, it seemed, claiming to have voted for David Miliband. And, when they finally got into the hall, they took photographs of the empty stage. They even cheered Harriet Harman.

Union votes crucial in narrowest of wins for Ed Miliband

Fresh epoch for party begins as younger brother's victory seals end of New Labour

John Rentoul: The party voted for David Miliband but got the Panda instead

New Labour leader won't stand a chance against David Cameron

Ed Miliband elected new leader of Labour Party

Labour's new leader Ed Miliband vowed today to take the party forward as a united team after beating his older brother David by a wafer-thin majority.

How the leadership votes were allocated

This is how voting in the Labour leadership contest unfolded.

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