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Hillary Clinton Emails Show David Miliband Was Distraught To Lose Labour Leadership

The US politician was also told internal Labour politics resembled the Tudors.

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David Miliband wrote to the former secretary of state in 2010 to thank her for her support during that year's Labour leadership campaign, according to the latest set of emails released from the Democratic presidential candidate's private account.

In one email Miliband thanks Clinton for a message of encouragement sent on the day of the leadership result and explained how "losing was tough", especially since he was beaten by his brother Ed.

Hillary -

Thanks a lot for all the good wishes you have sent via Lois. It has been one of the pleasures of the last few months to see you going from strength to strength. And the wedding looked fantastic!

Your message on Saturday was poignant. Losing is tough. When you win the party members and MPs doubly so. (When it's your brother...). But I am so proud of the campaign we ran, the issues we raised etc. We got people to believe in a
New Labour platform – and modernised the platform.

I have announced today that I will stay in Parliament but not in shadow cabinet.


The email was sent from Miliband's personal email address – which begins with "d.gunners@..." in an apparent nod to his support of Arsenal football club.

The batch of previously private emails also includes discussions between Tony Blair and Clinton. Blair sent his emails from an address beginning with "aclb@..." – a reference to his full name of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair.


You may know but for the last four years I have been working with the Qatari's and in particular with [redacted] on [redacted] issues in Qatar and I have built up a good relationship with them. [Redacted] has approached me privately saying they are keen to get their relationship with the USA onto a more positive footing and she was hoping for a "women to women" one to one private meeting with you. She is happy to come to Washington if you could make some time available.

Is this something you would be prepared o do. [Redacted] is someone who has real influence in Qatar and she has made a lot of difference already with her [redacted] and with the [redacted] which I am involved as the [redacted]. I am sure the conversation would not be confined to these issues but would be about the US/Qatar relationship generally.

The emails suggest Clinton took a close interest in British politics, receiving updates directly from politicians and relying on longtime associate Sidney Blumenthal to keep her up to date on British debates.

She told Blumenthal she shared some of his analysis with her husband Bill, who "thought they were 'brilliant'!" and urged Blumenthal to "Keep 'em coming when you can".

The plot (sounds like the Tudors): David is the target, from multiple angles and motives, personal ambition mixed with anti-Blairism. Peter has always wanted to be Foreign Secretary, a job held by his grandfather, Herbert Morrison. (Morrison was also deputy PM, why doesn't Peter want that?) New Labour people regard Peter as more ambitious than New Labour at this point. He supported Gordon's utterly misbegotten and wildly unpopular proposal to raise the top tax rate to 50 percent. The fallout is less resentment of the affluent to paying more or grudging understanding of need for new revenues as it is a sense that Labour under Gordon is abandoning the project for social aspiration and opportunity that is at the heart of the New Labour message.

Blumenthal also described the key characters in the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government. He told Clinton that Nick Clegg had an "inbred arrogance".

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"His inner Tory magnetically draws him to his heritage," the adviser emailed Clinton. "Clegg has also misplayed almost every turn, presented with big chances and blowing them through a combination of inexperience... and inbred arrogance (from no less a privileged background than Cameron, though seeming less snobbish because he went to Westminster instead of Eton and has a less pronounced upper class accent)."

Meanwhile, William Hague is described as "disingenuous" and former party treasurer Lord Ashcroft is "evil".

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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