David Miliband has won Labour backing for a new project touring British university and college campuses in a move which will be widely seen as marking a tentative rapprochement with his brother Ed.
The unofficial role is David’s first for the party since he was defeated by his younger brother in last year’s race for the Labour leadership, after which he decided not to take part in the shadow cabinet elections.
The two brothers were expected to appear on a podium together in March for the launch of “Movement for Change”, a leftwing volunteer movement, but that occasion never took place.
Aides played down the idea that David Miliband’s new project represented a major “ambassador” role for the former foreign secretary, who still has the support of some Blairite Labour MPs. University policy remains the preserve of Gareth Thomas, shadow minister for higher education and science.