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Foreign role for Miliband

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-06-28

David Miliband

David Miliband

Having decided not to fight Gordon Brown for the position of Prime Minister when Tony Blair stepped down, David Miliband has been made Foreign Secretary by new Prime Minister Brown while his brother Ed also has a role.

At 41, Miliband, who comes from a family of Polish Jews, becomes the second youngest foreign secretary since David Owen in 1977. said he felt "delighted".

In the Blair cabinet, Miliband held the role of Environment Secretary and revealed that he is pleased with the work he did.

"The last 15 months have been hugely challenging and hugely enjoyable - and I hope we have made a difference," he said.

As for his new role, Miliband added: "I am delighted to have been appointed Foreign Secretary. My new role is a huge opportunity to contribute to the work of the government. Undoubtedly there are big challenges in the new job, but I look forward to getting to grips with them.

Meanwhile, Miliband's brother Ed, 37, takes on the role of minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.