Will Miliband come back to save Labour?

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Glen Owen

DAVID Miliband is at the cen­tre of mount­ing spec­u­la­tion that he could be per­suaded to make a dra­matic re­turn to Bri­tish pol­i­tics as part of a new Blairite po­lit­i­cal move­ment.

The for­mer Labour For­eign Sec­re­tary, who cur­rently works in the US, has held a se­ries of meet­ings with Tony Blair in re­cent months, while both Mr Miliband and the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter have been in con­tact with Labour donors alien­ated by Jeremy Cor­byn.

The in­trigue comes as Mr Miliband is thought to be con­sid­er­ing a re­turn to Lon­don af­ter five years lead­ing the In­ter­na­tional Res­cue Com­mit­tee, a New York-based aid or­gan­i­sa­tion.

A source close to the dis­cus­sions said Mr Blair ‘talks about lit­tle else other than the need for a new force in Bri­tish pol­i­tics’, adding: ‘David Miliband is the fig­ure who tow­ers above all oth­ers as the per­son who could lead a new Cen­tre-Left party.’

Mr Miliband aban­doned his Bri­tish po­lit­i­cal ca­reer af­ter los­ing the Labour lead­er­ship con­test to brother Ed in 2010.

A friend said: ‘David is al­ways think­ing about what’s best for his coun­try and the Labour Party.’

Asked if Mr Miliband would seek to re­turn to ‘res­cue’ the Labour Party or help set up a new one, he said: ‘I hon­estly don’t know. There’s a group in the party now talk­ing about a third way, a dif­fer­ent party. They have to­tally given up on re­cov­er­ing the party. Whether that will in­clude David, I can’t say.’

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