Miliband dismisses sibling tension talk

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David Miliband has dismissed ongoing speculation about possible tension with his younger brother Ed Miliband, declaring: “The comparison that counts is Ed against David Cameron, not Ed against me.”

The former Labour foreign secretary endorsed his brother’s position as opposition leader,saying in an interview: “I think Ed is giving strong leadership.”

Asked if he would be returning to frontline politics, Mr Miliband replied: “I feel I’m on the frontline, not on the front bench.”

Mr Miliband, who lost out to his younger sibling in the Labour leadership contest in 2010, indicated he would remain as an MP representing South Shields.

“My commitment is to fight for these people, because they need a Labour MP, but the truth is they need a Labour Government too. I want to be part of the Labour team on the frontline.”