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David Miliband: We need to learn from Scottish Labour

David Miliband
Image caption David Miliband has brought his leadership campaign to Scotland

Labour leadership contender David Miliband has said his party needs to learn lessons from colleagues in Scotland.

Mr Miliband's comments came as he travelled north, the day after nominations in the race to succeed Gordon Brown closed.

Despite Labour losing the election, its vote held up in Scotland, with the party winning 41 out of 59 seats.

Mr Miliband said: "I think we've got a lot to learn from the Scottish Labour Party."

The former foreign secretary, seen as a front-runner in the leadership race, visited the Scottish Parliament to watch first minister's questions.

'Living movement'

He was also meeting Labour MSPs, MPs and councillors in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Speaking at Holyrood, Mr Miliband told BBC Scotland: "The Scottish Labour Party had fantastic results on 6 May and the reason I'm here the day after nominations close is that it's important that the UK Labour party learns from success.

"We've got to make sure that we put into practice that commitment to make sure that we have a living, breathing movement in every part of the country."

Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray has moved away from openly backing any one contender, but has urged the winning candidate to give him a seat on Labour's ruling body, the national executive committee.

The other Labour leadership contenders are Mr Miliband's brother Ed, Gordon Brown ally Ed Balls, former cabinet member Andy Burnham and backbencher Diane Abbot.

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