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If David Miliband is elected leader of the Labour Party, all three party leaders will be the descendants of European immigrants or refugees. That by itself would be noteworthy—but there’s an extra element to the Milibands’ background that makes his leadership bid particularly unusual.

Nick Clegg’s paternal grandmother was a Russian Baroness whose German-Russian aristocratic family fled the Bolsheviks. David Cameron’s great-great-grandfather, Emile Levita, was a Jewish immigrant who arrived from Germany in the 1850s. And David Miliband is famously the son of the Marxist…

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