David Miliband is a former UK Labour minister and Labour MP for South Shields. In March 2013 he announced that he was stepping down from his seat to become the president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee at its New York headquarters.
From 1994 to 1997 David Miliband was the head of policy for Tony Blair, MP. He then led the Prime Minister's Policy Unit in No 10 Downing Street during Labour's first term in office from 1997 to 2001. Since 2001 he has been the MP for South Shields.
Miliband entered the Cabinet as minister of communities and local government in May 2005, a year later he was promoted to environment secretary at Defra where he replaced Margaret Beckett. Even before his promotion, Miliband was being talked of as a potential successor to Blair. His nickname is “brains”.   
David Miliband is the son of the late Ralph Miliband, an important left theoretician who wrote books on political theory and Marxism. Ralph was a scholar at LSE for many years. David's brother Ed Miliband is the leader of the opposition.
His appointment cleared way for nuclear
Miliband is said to be publicly “open-minded” on nuclear and has said “it has to remain an option” in fighting climate change. However, by replacing Margaret Beckett as environment secretary, who was seen as sceptical about nuclear power, Miliband’s appointment was “widely seen as clearing one obstacle to building more nuclear plants”, as the BBC put it.
His admission that "Obviously the benefit of nuclear power is that it emits zero carbons but obviously there are costs associated with nuclear power and there are also waste issues, which are very important,” was seen as hinting that he was in favour of nuclear.  
Just days after his appointment as Environment Secretary, The Sunday Times reported how Miliband was “embroiled in a sleaze row … over his links to a nuclear industry lobbyist. The lobbyist — Alan Donnelly — chairs the minister’s local constituency party”.
According to the paper, Sovereign Strategy, Donnelly’s lobbying firm, represented the US multinational Fluor, one of the world’s biggest nuclear companies, which at the time hoped to win a stake in the £70 billion British nuclear waste market. Donnelly also founded and helps run the Transatlantic Nuclear Energy Forum (Tanef), an organisation that aims to foster “strong relationships” between nuclear power companies and governments. 
In November 2007, the Saudi royals and high officials were in London on a state visit that included ceremonies with the Queen, meeting senior government officials, etc. The Saudis arrived with a several hundred-strong delegation requiring five jumbo jets to bring them from Saudi Arabia. Although he was Foreign Secretary at the time, Miliband did not meet the Saudi king and entourage, because he was on paternity leave. In his place Kim Howells delivered the accolades to the Saudi royals about British and Saudi "shared values".
Hosting annual UJIA patrons dinner
In 2008, Miliband was a guest of honour and host at the Annual UJIA Patrons Dinner. The event took place at the Foreign Office where Miliband welcomed 160 UJIA members. Miliband was introduced by UJIA President Trevor Chinn. At the dinner, Chinn 'recalled the time they spent together in Israel visiting Gap Year students' (during Miliband's first year as foreign secretary), he also described Miliband as a "clever and courageous Foreign Secretary.”
Miliband is reported to have said that it was “a privilege to be amongst friends”. In his speech he described the UJIA as “an organisation with an inclusive vision of Zionism” that the 'whole of Britain' can take inspiration from. He described the organiation as not being "scared to put itself in danger and teaches us that it is Israel which breathes new life into Jewish people".
In his closing statements, Miliband is reported to have offered a toast to the UJIA and said that “It is happiness and optimism that lives at the heart of Jewish people and the state of Israel and is the mission of UJIA, and I toast the continued success and growth of that optimism.”
- Received a payment of £64,475 from the UAE Ministry Foreign Affairs, PO Box 1, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (Registered 15 December 2011)
- Transport and accommodation (including one member of staff) to Sir Bani Yas Forum on Future of Middle East, 17-20 November 2011, provided by Foreign Ministry of UAE, PO Box 1, Abu Dhabi, UAE; cost £4,935. Hours: 3 days work.
(Registered 3 January 2012)
- VantagePoint Venture Partners - Senior Adviser from October 2011 onwards
- Indus Basin Holdings - Adviser from January 2012
- Sunderland Association Football Club - Vice Chairman from February 2011 to April 2013. Approved by ACOBA who saw "no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that, for 12 months after leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of his new employer". Miliband resigned from the role after Sunderland appointed Paolo Di Canio as manager, due to the Italian's previous fascist political statements.
- Sir Bani Yas Forum - Member of the Advisory Board from February 2011. Approved by ACOBA who saw "no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that, for 12 months after leaving office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of the Forum or its members".
- Oxford Analytica - Senior Global Adviser from March 2011. Approved by ACOBA who saw "no reason why he should not take up the appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that, for 12 months from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK Ministers or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of his new employer or its clients".
- David Miliband says move to charity a 'new start', BBC News, 27 March 2013.
- Government Biography on Miliband
- Biography on Miliband's Website
- Andrew Rawnsley, "Heir to Blair?", The Observer, 20 October 2002
- BBC, "Miliband 'Open Minded on Nuclear'", 12 May 2006.
- Epolitix', "Defra Warms to Nuclear Power" 12 May 2006.
- Robert Winnett "Revealed: Minister's Links to Nuclear Lobby, The Sunday Times, 14 May 2006.
- Robert Winnett, ibid.
- Rod Liddle, You can’t adopt this tactic for every despot you meet, Miliband, Times Online, 4 November 2007.
- UJIA David Miliband hosts UJIA Patrons Accessed 18th September 2008
- Electoral Commission, Donation search, accessed 9 March 2015
- Twelfth Report 2010-2011 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 4 December 2014
- Di Canio: David Miliband quits Sunderland role BBC News, 1 April 2013, accessed 4 December 2014