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David still happy as MP for South Shields.

DAVID Miliband has said he wants to continue as South Shields MP rather than take any of the high level jobs he has been linked to.

Mr Miliband said during a BBC interview he is committed to his parliamentary job.

He added that he is "completely committed to doing everything I can to support" brother Ed Miliband as leader of the Labour Party.

The former Foreign Secretary stressed his ambition was to contribute to bringing Labour back to power, adding he had to have the "humility to recognise" that a "daily soap opera" would not benefit the party.

Mr Miliband said he did not regret running for the leadership despite losing out to his younger sibling in the party's election contest in 2010. Asked on BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show when he was coming back to frontline politics, he said: "My ambition is to contribute to the return of the Labour government and I think that I have to have the humility to recognise that while a daily soap opera might be fun for the media, it wouldn't be good for the Labour Party.

"The shadow cabinet has its place but it's a bigger team than that."

He joked that some people might think it "ironic" that he had set up an academy for community leadership to help people make changes in their own community, arguing that Britain had "underpowered communities".

Asked if he would carry on as a Labour MP after the next election, he said: "Yes, I'm representing my constituents in South Shields."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 26, 2012
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