Miliband, Ed(Edward Samuel Miliband), 1969–, British political leader, b. London, grad. Oxford, London School of Economics. A member of the Labour partyLabour party,
British political party, one of the two dominant parties in Great Britain since World War I. Origins
The Labour party was founded in 1900 after several generations of preparatory trade union politics made possible by the Reform Bills of 1867 and 1884,
..... Click the link for more information. and a close associate of Gordon BrownBrown, Gordon
(James Gordon Brown), 1951–, British politician. From 1975 to 1980 he taught at Edinburgh Univ. and Glasgow College of Technology; he then joined Scottish Television (1980–83) as a journalist.
..... Click the link for more information. , the chancellor of the exchequer and later prime minister, Miliband chaired the Treasury's council of economic advisers and won election to Parliament in 2005. In 2008 he became secretary of the newly created Dept. of Energy and Climate Change. After Labour lost the 2010 elections and Brown resigned as party leader, Miliband, his brother David (the former foreign secretary), and three others vied for the leadership post; the brothers emerged as the leading candidates. Garnering labor union support with his opposition to the deep public spending cuts proposed by new Conservative–Liberal Democrat government, Ed Miliband was narrowly elected party leader, but after Labor did poorly in the 2015 elections he stepped down from the post.