Just five years after he was first elected to parliament, Ed Milband will now try to make sure Labour is positioned for a rapid return to power.
Dubbed “Red Ed” by Britain’s right-wing press, he has been keen to appeal to the party’s core vote.
Delegates at the party’s annual conference in Manchester were eager to express their delight.
“It is a fantastic victory and it is the right victory for our party and our country because it is a guy who has reconnected with the important things that matter to ordinary men and women, many of whom have deserted us,” said Tony Woodley, joint leader of Unite, one of Britain’s main trade unions.
Other delegates echoed his sentiments:
“For me, his heart and his soul and his values are in the right place. Whether you describe it as red or not, I wouldn’t. I have lived a long time, from the 70s. We have been through very red times.”
“My head said Dave and my heart says Ed actually. They are just a wonderful pair. I spent some time with them and they have been great and I think they will be great working together.”
As Ed Miliband’s new team now begins to take shape, many are asking what role, if any, his defeated brother will play.