Miliband brothers to battle for leadership of Britain's Labor Party

By Anthony Faiola
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, May 15, 2010; 5:15 PM

LONDON -- Ed Miliband, Gordon Brown's former point man on climate change, announced Saturday that he will run for leader of Britain's Labor Party, challenging his older brother, former foreign minister David Miliband, for the job.

The fraternal fight is now set to shape the race to fill the post vacated when Brown stepped down last week as prime minister -- and head of the party -- after a major defeat at the polls. Though the younger Miliband, 40, is not as well known as his 44-year-old brother, he enjoys more support among the labor unions, which are often key to winning the party's internal elections. A vote is expected this summer.

The two brothers may also face other challengers. In announcing Saturday, Ed Miliband joked that his mother was supporting neither him nor his brother, but left-wing lawmaker Jon Cruddas, who is also rumored to be running. The winner would lead a party now in opposition, after 13 years in power, following the formation last week of a historic governing coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.


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