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Ed (left) and David as boys: there is talk about whether David may try to oust his brother

As parliament rises for the summer recess, Labour is drifting towards a party conference that has already been billed as “make or break” for Ed Miliband, its leader. There is widespread disillusionment among MPs about the first year of his leadership. More members of the shadow cabinet backed David Miliband for leader than backed his younger brother.

Ed’s upbeat start, which saw Labour ahead of the coalition in public support, and victory for the party in three by-elections, is in danger of…

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