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UK: Ed Miliband new Labour leader

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UK: Ed Miliband new Labour leader


Britain’s former Energy secretary Ed Miliband has been voted the new leader of the opposition Labour party.

He beat his older brother David Miliband into second place passing the 50 per cent winning line by a hair’s breadth.

The result was announced as the party’s annual conference got underway in Manchester.

And among the speeches, the focus was on unifying a party that, under Gordon Brown, suffered a shattering defeat in May’s election after 13 years in power.

The 40 year old is seen as leaning further to the left than his brother, securing him the support of the trade union vote.

He has proposed higher taxes – especially for banks – to help reduce Britain’s massive budget deficit.

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