David Miliband, 47, is leaving the UK to run the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a charity based in New York, to take up the position of president and chief executive of the International Rescue Committee.
Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. It works in 40 countries and 22 US cities. The IRC “responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives”.
His departure comes two and a half years after the bruising Labour leadership battle which pitted the two brothers against each other and was won by a whisker by Ed on the back of trade union votes.
The former foreign secretary did not rule out an eventual come back in British politics, but said: “I am taking a job in America, not taking citizenship in America. I will continue to follow what’s going on here, but my focus is going to be making a difference through the International Rescue Committee.”
Mr Miliband is married to the American violinist Louise Shackelton and they have two children in the US.