Will Miliband come back to save Labour?
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.’