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Ed Miliband’s victory shattered his elder brother’s career. In an extract from their new book, Mehdi Hasan and James Macintyre trace the path to political fratricide—and the bitter consequences

By James Macintyre   July 2011

Pinning down the exact moment that Ed Miliband decided to run for the Labour leadership is like, as David Lloyd George said of negotiating with Éamon de Valera, trying “to pick up mercury with a fork.” Ed claims that he had not decided by the end of the day that his older brother David declared—Wednesday 12th May.

In fact, there is plenty of evidence that Ed had taken a firm decision before Gordon Brown quit as premier at 5pm on Tuesday 11th May. Earlier that day, Ed recruited key adviser Greg Beales at a meeting in No 10. On the…

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