On this date in 1969, Edward Samuel Miliband was born in London to Polish Jewish immigrants who fled to England during the Holocaust. His father, Ralph Miliband, was a prominent sociologist and Marxist scholar and educator. His mother was a feminist and human rights activist. Miliband studied politics and economics at Corpus Christi College at Oxford University and earned a Master’s in economics at the London School of Economics. Miliband’s political career began in 1997 as a special adviser to Gordon Brown, a post he held until 2002. He then spent several semesters at Harvard as a visiting scholar in the Center for European Studies, where he taught economics. In 2004, Miliband was appointed chair of the HM Treasury’s Council of Economic Advisers. In 2005, Miliband won a seat in the Labour party and was elected to Parliament later that year. The following year, Miliband became Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office under Prime Minister Tony Blair. In 2007, new Prime Minister Gordon Brown appointed Miliband, his former adviser, as a Minister for the Cabinet and Miliband was charged with drafting the Labour Party’s manifesto for the next election cycle. Miliband was promoted in 2008 to the Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change. After Brown resigned from the Labour Party and from his post as Prime Minister, Miliband and his brother David Miliband, competed for the Leader of Labour position. Ed won the election, defeating his brother by a narrow margin. Miliband became Leader of the Labour Party in September 2010 and Leader of the Opposition. Miliband is married to Justine Thornton (since 2011) and they have two sons together.
“I don’t believe in god personally, but I have great respect for those people who do. Different people have different religious views in this country. The great thing is that, whether we have faith or not, we are by and large very tolerant of people whatever their view.”
—Ed Miliband, quoted in The Telegraph (U.K.), “Ed Miliband: I don’t believe in god,” Sept. 29, 2010
Compiled by Bonnie Gutsch
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