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Statement from Tony Blair on David Miliband's decision to stand down as MP for South Shields

Commenting on David Miliband's decision, Tony Blair said:

"I congratulate David on his appointment to a major international position. It shows the huge regard in which David is held worldwide. I'm sure he will do a great job. He is obviously a massive loss to UK politics. He was the head of my policy unit and then a truly distinguished Minister in the Government and remains one of the most capable progressive thinkers and leaders globally. I hope and believe this is time out not time over."