Ed Miliband

British politician (born 1969)

Edward Samuel Miliband MP (born 24 December 1969) is a British politician. He was the leader of the Labour Party and of the Official Opposition. He is also the Labour Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Doncaster North, and is a former cabinet minister.

Ed Miliband
Official portrait, 2024
Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero
Assumed office
5 July 2024
Prime MinisterKeir Starmer
Preceded byClaire Coutinho
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero[a]
In office
29 November 2021 – 5 July 2024
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byBarry Gardiner[b]
In office
11 May 2010 – 8 October 2010
LeaderHarriet Harman (acting)
Preceded byGreg Clark
Succeeded byMeg Hillier
Leader of the Opposition
In office
25 September 2010 – 8 May 2015
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byHarriet Harman
Succeeded byHarriet Harman
Leader of the Labour Party
In office
25 September 2010 – 8 May 2015
DeputyHarriet Harman
Preceded byGordon Brown
Succeeded byJeremy Corbyn
Ministerial offices
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
In office
3 October 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byChris Huhne
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Minister for the Cabinet Office
In office
28 June 2007 – 3 October 2008
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byHilary Armstrong
Succeeded byLiam Byrne
Minister for the Third Sector
In office
6 May 2006 – 28 June 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byPhil Woolas
Succeeded byPhil Hope
Shadow Cabinet posts
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
In office
6 April 2020 – 29 November 2021
LeaderKeir Starmer
Preceded byRebecca Long-Bailey
Succeeded byJonathan Reynolds
Member of Parliament
for Doncaster North
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Preceded byKevin Hughes
Personal details
Edward Samuel Miliband

(1969-12-24) 24 December 1969 (age 54)
London, England
Political partyLabour
(m. 2011)
Children2 sons
ParentsRalph Miliband
Marion Kozak
RelativesDavid Miliband (elder brother)
Alma materCorpus Christi College, Oxford (BA)
London School of Economics (MSc)

He was born in University College Hospital, Bloomsbury, London and raised in Primrose Hill. His parents were Polish-Jewish immigrants. He is the younger son of the Marxist thinker Ralph Miliband. At the London School of Economics, he obtained a Master's degree in Economics, and then became an advisor to Labour politicians such as Harriet Harman and Gordon Brown. At the 2005 general election, he was elected to be the MP for Doncaster North. His first job in government was as the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, which he took up on October 3, 2008 and remained as until Labour lost the 2010 General Election.

In September 2010, he defeated his brother David Miliband by a small number of votes to become leader of the Labour Party.[1]

He resigned as leader in May 2015 after Labour lost to the Conservative Party in the General election. Jeremy Corbyn replaced him.

Following Labour's landslide victory in the 2024 general election, Miliband was appointed Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero by Starmer. He was among several ministers under Blair and Brown to be appointed to Starmer's cabinet.

  1. Energy and Climate Change (11 May 2010 to 8 October 2010); Climate Change and Net Zero (29 November 2021 to 4 September 2023).
  2. As Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Office vacant between 14 July 2016 and 29 November 2021.


  1. "Ed Miliband is new Labour leader". 25 September 2010 – via www.bbc.co.uk.