The return of Mr Miliband, 50, to the front bench as shadow to Alok Sharma, 52, the business, energy and industrial strategy secretary, is not the strangest thing that has happened in the past six weeks. But it is up there. The greening of the economy will be Mr Miliband’s shtick, says one former senior Labour adviser now in industry. Especially when it can be integrated into a job-creating industrial strategy on the front line of the “red wall” Labour constituencies in the industrial Midlands and the north. Mr Miliband is MP for Doncaster North. “He has always been a campaigner, but he is also a political thinker,” the source said, citing Mr Miliband as ahead of his time in pushing a “pre-distribution” agenda to reboot the economy on higher skills and better wages. “Labour under Keir will want to work out how it recreates the economy post-coronavirus. Ed will do a lot of the thinking behind that.
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