Steve Richards talks to cabinet minister David Miliband Steve Richards is joined by the so-called ‘heir to Blair’ – cabinet minister David Miliband. Mr Miliband grew up in North London and Leeds. At the time, he reveals, he was more concerned with football than any political ambitions. He explains what impact his year in Boston as an 11-year old boy had on his current attitudes to North America. He’s also asked whether his experience at school formed the basis of his current political beliefs, what made him rebel against his more left-leaning parents and whether his teachers would approve of his nickname ‘Brains’ (the Thunderbird puppet).