Miliband and X Factor tour
David Miliband starts nationwide tour this week
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Sorry to disappoint that this article has little to do with South Shields real star turn Joe McElderry who kicked off his X Factor tour in Liverpool last night, Joe has spent the last week in rehearsals but the South Shields MP and Foreign Secretary has spent years rehearsing for what he expects to be his star role since being parachuted into the South Shields seat from Tony Blair’s Policy Unit. Miliband has already missed two golden opportunities to depose Gordon Brown as Leader of the Labour Party so he may see the post election period as a “last chance saloon” as MPs prepare for a period of introspection, infighting, and self analysis over the wasted NuLabour years, he is already calling for NuLabour to “change” in mirror to Barack Obama’s campaign slogan and according to Labour Party insiders he is likely to “turn up to the opening of an envelope” if it is to his political benefit. Miliband is to tour the UK taking in speaking engagements with question sessions on a wide range of issues, including but not limited to foreign affairs, as others in the party prepare to raise finances to back a leadership bid for Brown’s protege Ed “blinky” Balls.
Events Dear Boy reckons this story ought to be treated with caution, because it comes from The Mail (fair point) but he does suggest that David Miliband will be a key figure to keep an eye on in the post election phase if we end up with a hung Parliament. Mike Smithson at Political Betting thinks that Miliband’s manoeuvres could be aimed at slapping down the ambitions of his younger brother Ed, and that the smart money for a post election Labour Leader could be moving towards Balls.
As South Shields favourite son (McElderry) prepares to take the world by storm, it’s MP is probably preparing for a storm and trying to navigate a course that will bring him safely home to port, it’s all about the X Factor and how many Xs stack up in his favour – watch this space.