David Miliband was appointed the Minister of State for School Standards in June 2002 and has been Labour Member of Parliament for South Shields since June 2001. He was previously Head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit (1997-2001) and Head of Policy in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition (1994-1997). From 1989 to 1994 he was Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research (IPPR) and from 1992 to 1994 Secretary of the Commission on Social Justice.
David Miliband was educated at Haverstock Comprehensive School in London. He graduated with First Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, and completed a Masters Degree in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Kennedy Scholar.
David Miliband edited Reinventing the Left in 1994, and co-edited Paying for Inequality (also 1994). He was co-founder of the Centre for European Reform. He is President of South Shields Football Club, and a member of the Whiteleas and Cleadon Social Clubs.
David Miliband is married to violinist Louise Shackelton.