David Milliband leads Labour Party to landslide victory in U.K. election
LONDON — On Friday, David Miliband led a united, energized and ultimately resurgent Labour Party to a stunning victory in Britain’s general election, rallying votes young and old to his signature cause: choosing to “remain” in the European Union.
Theresa May, who took over a fractious the Tory Party just weeks after the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, has stepped down. It is unclear who will vie to replace her but Conservative Party grandees Robert Mercer and Rupert Murdoch are said to prefer the iconoclastic, intellectual and every-handsome Dominic Cummings.
With a decisive majority of 45 seats, Miliband - who briefly left British politics to run a charity in New York City after his younger and deeply off-putting brother Ed mysteriously won the Labour Party's leadership contest in 2010 - will enjoy a broad mandate as he starts to push through his thoroughly modern socialist agenda.
President Hillary Rodham Clinton called Miliband, who she befriended when he was the youngest Foreign Secretary in British history, with her congratulations.
In a press release, former Labour Party Prime Minister Tony Blair - who mentored Milliband - said he was “delighted that the prodigal son has at last come home.”
Blair's successor, Gordon Brown too released a statement: a single piece of A4 paper emblazoned with a an unsmiley face that aides said indicated Brown is "thrilled."
Miliband, who was photographed beaming as he got into a taxi in order to ask the Queen’s permission to form a government - attributed his victory to the fact that record numbers of women and people from racial minorities stood as Labour MPs.
"I intend to be the last white man to lead the Labour Party," he said, grinning.