The Rt Hon David Miliband MP
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
David Miliband was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in June 2007, as part of Gordon Brown's first Cabinet. Previously, he had been at the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs since May 2006. Mr Miliband entered the Cabinet as Minister of Communities and Local Government in May 2005. Prior to that, he had been Minister for the Cabinet Office (2004-2005) and Minister of State for Schools (2002-2004). He has been MP for South Shields since June 2001. He was previously Head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit and Head of Policy in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition. From 1989 to 1994 he was Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research (IPPR) and from 1992 to 1994 Secretary of the Commission on Social Justice. Mr Miliband was educated at Haverstock Comprehensive School in London. He graduated with First Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, and completed a Masters Degree in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Kennedy Scholar. Mr Miliband edited Reinventing the Left in 1994, and co-edited Paying for Inequality. He was co-founder of the Centre for European Reform. He is President of South Shields Football Club, and a member of the Whiteleas and Cleadon Social Clubs. He is married to violinist Louise Shackelton.