REUTERS – Here are key facts about Ed Miliband, Britain’s former energy and climate change secretary, who announced on Saturday he was running for the leadership of the Labour party.
– Miliband is the younger brother of former Foreign Secretary David Miliband, the only other candidate so far to announce he is running for the leadership.
– Supporters say Ed, who wrote the Labour party’s 2010 election manifesto, has a more relaxed presentational style than his brother that would make him the best candidate to deal with slick Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.
– Born in December 1969, the son of Jewish immigrants, he studied at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, and is seen as one of the party’s rising stars.
– Before becoming a member of parliament, Miliband chaired the Treasury’s council of economic advisers and then served as an adviser to then finance minister Gordon Brown.
– Elected the Labour MP for Doncaster North in May 2005, he is less well known among the British public than his brother but is popular within the party and has the support of the trade unions, Labour’s biggest financial backers.