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David Miliband

I am here because of Labour values. My parents fled persecution in Europe during the second world war and found refuge in this country. They encouraged me to join the Labour movement which they saw as the home for people to work together to create a better society.

I saw Labour values in action at school and was taught in state schools by inspirational teachers. I went to a primary school near Leeds and Haverstock Comprehensive in London.

I have tried to live out Labour values. My first job was for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Later I was part of the Commission on Social Justice, set up by our late leader John Smith, and had the privilege of working for Tony Blair and being part of the team that helped Labour return to power in 1997.

In 2001, I was immensely proud to be elected the MP for South Shields - a place I love. This constituency is home to the warmest people and the nicest fish and chips, and has political traditions built on mines, docks and shipbuilding.

During Labour’s time in office, I served in a number of departments. I am particularly proud of helping to implement our schools’ building programme and introducing the Climate Change Bill. As Foreign Secretary I tried to focus on combating the routes of terrorism, using our influence to tackle the world’s conflicts, and highlighting the need to fight global poverty and climate change.

I am married to Louise, who plays violin for the London Symphony Orchestra. We have two lovely boys, Issac and Jacob. We all share our time between South Shields and London. You can follow my campaign at


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