DAVID Miliband has shrugged off rumours he could become Britain’s next ambassador to the United States of America.
There were suggestions earlier this week that the South Shields MP would quit his parliamentary role in favour of the Washington-based post.
The speculation linking him with the diplomatic posting was fuelled by his close friendship with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and his decision to spend Christmas on holiday in the US.
However, the former foreign secretary rubbished those reports on the social network site Twitter, making it clear he is not interested in the position, even if it was offered to him by the coalition Government.
As reported in a later edition of The Journal yesterday, he wrote: “Seen the UK ambassador to US rumours. I am not in for it and wouldn’t take it.”
Many feared Mr Miliband would quit politics all together after he was narrowly beaten to the Labour leadership by his brother Ed in September.
But speaking to The Journal earlier this month, he pledged to dedicate his career to championing the region and promised to continue in his constituency at least until his five-year term is up.
Mr Miliband also refused to rule himself out of running for the Labour leadership in the future. He said: “I have no plans to return to front line politics – at the moment, that is.
“For now, I’m doing what’s best for the party and leaving the field open for Ed to lead the party.
“I’ve got to admit I wish the leadership campaign had gone differently, but who knows what will happen in the future?” When he was foreign secretary, Mr Miliband forged strong links with Mrs Clinton, who said she was very fond of the 45-year-old.
She famously told Vogue magazine: “Well, if you saw him it would be a big crush. I mean, he is so vibrant, vital, attractive, smart. He’s a really good guy. And he’s so young.”
Mr Miliband returned the praise, describing Mrs Clinton as “delightful to deal with one on one.”