Ed Miliband to take on brother David in leader battle
Ed Miliband announces that he is standing for the Labour leadership
Ed Miliband has confirmed he is to stand for the Labour Party leadership against his older brother David.
The former energy minister declared his intention in a speech to centre-left think-tank the Fabian Society.
He said the party must renew itself and Labour needed to be "clear and honest" about the scale of its election defeat.
He said he would "absolutely" be ready to serve under David Miliband, should his brother win, and promised the leadership contest would be civilised.
The pair are the only two Labour MPs so far to have announced they are standing for the party leadership, previously held by Gordon Brown.
Ed Miliband, 40, kicked off Saturday's speech by joking that everybody had been asking whose bid their mother would support - then said she was behind the left-wing MP John Cruddas.
Mr Miliband said: "The one advantage of opposition is the chance to renew, to think about the country we live in and the people we seek to represent.
"Fundamentally, we lost touch with the values that made us a progressive force in politics and lost touch with the people we were meant to represent."
He said Labour had to face up to the fact it had "lost trust catastrophically" over the Iraq war and also MPs' expenses.
He added that Labour must not allow itself to be divided.
"We have got to leave the whole Blair/Brown business behind us... [and] move on with a new set of ideas," he said.
David Miliband was the first to announce his intention to stand
Asked how he felt about standing against his brother, the former foreign secretary, Ed Miliband said there would be a "civilised contest".
"David is my best friend in the world. I love him dearly. There is no way I'm going to take lumps out of him either on the record, off-the-record or behind the scenes. It is not my way of doing politics."
Speaking before his brother had confirmed his decision, David Miliband, 44, said he was "absolutely confident" the family could "remain strong" whatever happened.
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