A FORMER foreign secretary has lent his support for a Labour candidate.

David Miliband, who served as secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs between 2007 and 2010, visited Hove Station last week to throw his support behind candidate Peter Kyle.

Mr Kyle, who is seeking re-election in the Hove and Portslade constituency, said: “David and I have worked together on issues like youth unemployment for many years, so it was great that he wanted to come and support my re-election campaign.

“I’ve used all my campaigns to try and further issues and causes that go beyond the headline issues of the day, so having David here was too good an opportunity to miss.”

Mr Kyle is battling Conservative Robert Nemeth, Lib Dem Beatrice Bass, Angela Hancock of the Brexit Party, Ollie Sykes, Green Party, and independent Charlotte Sabel for the seat.

Mr Kyle said: “David now runs one of the world’s largest refugee support charities and as a City of Sanctuary I wanted to connect David with local organisations that support people who come to our city having forced from their homes.

“We visited Refugee Radio together where we met staff, presenters and support workers.

“Then we were interviewed about the global crises which currently involves 70 million people who’ve been forced to flee their homes. I spoke about my experiences as an aid worker supporting refugees and David talked about the urgent global policy response needed to prevent people fleeing in the first place and what needs to happen to support those who do.”

The Hove and Portslade candidates will be taking part in The Argus General Election debate, broadcast on Facebook, on Wednesday at 6.30pm.