Miliband picks election battle over EU role

Mr Miliband has been consistently tipped, despite repeated insistence he was
not a candidate, to take the new post of High Representative created by the
Lisbon Treaty.

European leaders will gather next week to make that appointment and name the
European Council’s first president.

But Mr Miliband repeated his rejection of the post today, saying: “I came into
politics to serve the British people in Britain.”

Speaking after talks with German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle, he added:
“I am committed to Britain and I am committed to the Labour Government.

“There will be a general election in this country within a matter of months.
It is a massive choice for the country.

“And so when the choice came to me about whether to stay in Britain or leave
Britain, there was only one answer: it is to stay and fight for the kind of
Britain I believe in.”

Mr Miliband added: “That’s very, very clear in my mind and I don’t think there
should be room for any doubt in yours.”

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson – a former EU commissioner – also insisted
that he was not interested in the post of high representative.

“It is not a job I want to do,” he told the BBC.

“I want to remain a member of the British Government, serving the British
people. I had my spell in Brussels, now I am home for good.

“I am not going to leave British politics. I am home and I am here to stay.”

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