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Miliband stands by prime minister

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The Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, said the resignation of James Purnell was a loss for the government but added that he was standing by the prime minister.

Cabinet ministers have been rallying round Mr Brown following Mr Purnell's surprise departure, with none so far indicating they are ready to follow his lead.

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