ED Miliband was last night desperately trying to get his older brother to become shadow chancellor, although he has not yet sealed the deal. An aide to David Miliband, who was narrowly beaten in the battle to become Labour leader by his younger sibling, said he hadn’t decided whether to put his name forward for elections to the shadow cabinet.It had been assumed that the elder Miliband would agree to serve under his brother if he failed to win the crown, but yesterday his campaign team rowed back from that position. “He doesn’t have to decide until Wednesday at 5pm, when nominations for shadow cabinet close,” said one. “He won’t make a decision until shortly before then.”Sources close to the new Labour leader said he thinks shadow chancellor is the only job David Miliband can accept without losing face. However, the brothers’ differing opinions on deficit reduction could cause difficulty. David Miliband agrees with Alistair Darling’s proposal to cut the deficit in half within four years, whereas his younger brother says that this is a plan that needs to be improved. If David Miliband decides to reject the job offer, most think that Ed Balls, the former schools secretary and Brown ally, will get the major economic brief. But sources within the Ed Miliband camp were yesterday talking up the chances of Yvette Cooper, the former pensions secretary and Balls’ wife. Former cabinet ministers like Tessa Jowell and Alan Johnson – two of the remaining Blairites – will also be strong contenders for big jobs, in a bid to unify the right and left of the party. Newer faces like David Lammy, Sadiq Khan and John Healey are also under consideration. ANALYSIS | SHADOW CABINET ODDSSHADOW CHANCELLOREd Balls 49%Yvette Cooper 37%David Miliband 35%SHADOW FOREIGN SECRETARYDavid Miliband 52.35%Yvette Cooper 24%Alan Johnson 10%SHADOW HOME SECRETARYAndy Burnham 35%Ed Balls 35%Alan Johnson 15%*odds from Smarkets Sunday 26 September 2010 10:43 pm Tags: NULL KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapp whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.com Share Rivals jostle to be shadow chancellor
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