Ed Miliband elected leader of Britain's opposition Labour

25th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Former climate change minister Ed Miliband was elected the new leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party on Saturday, beating his older brother David in a knife-edge contest.

Ed Miliband won by a wafer-thin majority of 50.65 percent to 49.35 percent for his brother and ex-foreign minister David, who had been in the lead until the final days.

The left-leaning 40-year-old now faces a tough battle to reshape the party of former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown which lost a general election in May that ended 13 years in power.

In his acceptance speech, Ed Miliband said: "Today's election turns the page because a new generation has stepped forward to serve our party and in time I hope to serve our country. Today the work of the new generation begins."

© 2010 AFP

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