David Miliband made his only advertised conference appearance at the Movement for Change fringe in Liverpool on Sunday night.
He is the patron of the community organisation charity set up last year to help Labour “reconnect with Britain”.
The focus of his speech at the end of the meeting was the need for Labour to move away from obsessing over policy and press releases and get back to talking to people about their concerns and redistributing power in their communities.
He said: “We are a political party but we don’t spend much time talking about real politics.”
He went on on to praise his brother, Ed’s, leadership of the party over the past year.