UK Politics

Labour views: What should David Miliband do now?

What now for David Miliband? We asked delegates at Labour's annual conference in Manchester what the defeated leadership candidate should do next.

STUART KING, CROYDON SOUTH - VOTED FOR ED MILIBAND

I think he could do any of the big cabinet jobs. I am sure the two of them are going to come to an agreement. As a close second place he is entitled to have something like shadow chancellor. If the leaders of our two opponents can work together from different parties it is not too much to ask for two brothers to work together.

JAMES HALL, NEW FOREST WEST - ED MILIBAND

I think there is a strong feeling that he should stay at the top of the party, not least because of how it would be perceived if he left. I think he should stay as shadow foreign secretary. He has been doing a pretty good job in that role.

LIONEL STRIDE, WIMBLEDON - DAVID MILIBAND

I hope he stays with the Labour Party because it would be a travesty if we lost someone of his ability, but I don't think he will. I think he will stay around for a bit and then he will go and do something else. If the EU foreign role came up again I could see him going off and doing that. He could remain in the shadow cabinet, but realistically I don't see him being able to do that. He can only really become shadow chancellor, having already been foreign secretary.

CLAIRE FRANCIS, DENTON AND REDDISH - DAVID MILIBAND

I think he will serve the party in whatever way his brother decides. I don't think it is like Blair and Brown at all. They are not like that. They have a good relationship.

IAN GEARY, CHRISTIAN SOCIALIST MOVEMENT - ED MILIBAND

I think shadow chancellor would be a good role for David. I think we need to draw a line under the Blair/Brown years. I don't think their relationship is like that at all. Clearly there were tensions during the contest but they seemed to manage them well. If Harriet Harman went he could be deputy leader, but that might be a little bit too much Miliband.

KARIN SMITH, BRISTOL WEST, AND PAUL SMITH, BRISTOL EAST

Paul: I think he should work hard to ensure that Labour gets elected. I think they have learned the lesson of the Blair and Brown era. I think they have much more emotional intelligence than those two. I am sure David will want to help Ed. How he does that is up to him.

Karin: We are both old enough to remember the leadership and deputy leadership battles of the 1980s and how personal and divisive they were. We don't want to go back to that.

CALLUM TATTEN (promoting a fringe meeting on loan sharks)

I think it is up to David to decide. It has got to be difficult. I would love to see David and Ed working together. If David Cameron and Nick Clegg can do it then so can they. I think he will want to stay as shadow foreign secretary.