Two brothers who served in the British government are battling to replace Gordon Brown as the leader of the country’s defeated Labour Party.
David Miliband (44) is a former Foreign Secretary and his younger brother Ed (40) is a former Energy Secretary. David announced his decision to run two days ago and Ed is due to make his announcement formally today.
“Ed said he had thought long and hard about standing against his older sibling, while David earlier insisted ‘brotherly love will survive’,” says the BBC.
The former Schools Secretary Ed Balls, former Health Secretary Andy Burnham and backbencher Jon Cruddas have all indicated they are considering a bid, while the acting leader, Harriet Harman, and former Justice Secretary Jack Straw have ruled themselves out.
Brown quit as party leader and Prime Minister earlier this week when Conservative leader David Cameron became the new Prime Minister following days of talks with the third-placed Liberal Democrats to form a coalition government. The talks, which amounted to shuttle diplomacy, as the Lib Dems talked first to Conservatives and then to Labour, followed the country’s general election on May 6, which resulted in a hung parliament.
The Conservatives held the most seats, but not enough to form an overall majority. Labour were second and the Liberal Democrats remained in third place.