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Blair financed David Miliband`s Labour leader bid: Report

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 12:56

London: Former British Prime Minister
Tony Blair shelled out 27,000 pounds to support former Foreign Secretary David Miliband`s failed Labour Party leadership bid, a media report said.

Blair donated the amount which covered the salary of
one of the former PM`s staffers who carried out work for the
doomed campaign for David Miliband who lost the leadership bid
to his brother Ed, `The Sun` reported.
In fact, Blair`s support came despite his reluctance
to publicly back David, the report said.

Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart, film director
David Puttnam and Blur drummer Dave Rowntree also helped to
bankroll the campaign. The details appear in David Miliband`s
House of Commons register of interests.

David lost out in the Labour leadership election
in September to his brother Ed, despite beginning the contest
as frontrunner. He announced on 29 September 2010 that he was
quitting frontline politics and wouldn`t be a part of his
brother`s shadow cabinet.


First Published: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 12:56

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