Ex-South Shields MP David Miliband set to return to British political scene

David Miliband
David Miliband

Former South Shields David Miliband is to return to the British political scene with a keynote speech to business leaders.

It is thought to be his first address in this country since quitting as the town’s MP and heading to New York in 2013 to run the International Rescue Committee (IRC) charity.

The former foreign secretary used an interview with the BBC in the aftermath of Labour’s general election defeat to criticise the direction it took under brother Ed - who defeated him for the leadership in 2010.

Mr Miliband has ruled out standing in the current contest for the party’s top job, but there has been speculation he will play a role in the upcoming EU referendum campaign.

The speech, to be delivered at the Institute of Directors (IoD) annual conference on October 6, will focus on “global trends affecting business”.

Simon Walker, Director General at the IoD, said: “After a general election campaign which focused narrowly on domestic issues, now is the time to look up at the global trends affecting business.

“With a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU due before 2017, Greece lurching from crisis to crisis, and conflict on Europe’s borders, it couldn’t be a better time to review what globalisation means in 2015.

“There are few people better placed than David Miliband to explore these issues, and we are delighted he will be joining us at the IoD’s Annual Convention.

“His time as Foreign Secretary and work with the IRC give him a unique perspective on the challenges of the modern world, and what they mean both for established businesses and entrepreneurs.”