James Forsyth

David Miliband barely offers Brown support

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On a day where statements of support for the Prime Minister from key Cabinet colleagues have been notable for how lukewarm they ware, David Miliband’s takes the biscuit:

"I am working closely with PM on foreign policy issues & support the re-election campaign for a Labour Govt that he is leading.”

It is hard to see how this could be a weaker statement of support. There is no word of praise for Brown, no claim that he is best man for the job, just a declaration that he backs Labour’s re-election. If I was one of Brown’s henchmen, I would feel far from reassured by it.