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Defeated Labour leader contender David Miliband will avoid the Labour front benches to stop any potential "soap operas".

He told BBC Breakfast he was flattered that there were suggestions he would return to the shadow cabinet but said that staying on the backbenches would allow his brother to take better control of the Labour Party.

"I was right to say: 'Look, I've lost the leadership election'," he said. "Ed needs the space to lead the Labour Party as he sees fit. I can help Labour at the grassroots.

"I am trying to make sure we are taking our message all over the country and not being in the shadow cabinet allows me to do that. I can minimise the amount of soap opera by not being in the shadow cabinet."

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