Jeremy Corbyn is reportedly set to draft Ed Miliband into his shadow cabinet
The Labour leader has suffered a series of resignations from his frontbench team over the last week.
A number of Mr Corbyn’s top MPs quit their shadow roles after refusing to follow his order to vote in favour of the Government’s Article 50 Bill.
Shadow business secretary Clive Lewis could also resign next week, having vowed to defy Mr Corbyn’s command and vote against the legislation – if Labour amendments are not accepted – when it returns to the House of Commons for its third reading.
Mr Miliband, who led Labour to a humiliating result at the last general election before being replaced by Mr Corbyn, has been tipped as a high-profile replacement should Mr Lewis resign.
It would mark a sensational return to frontline politics for Mr Miliband, who has recently spoken out against a so-called ‘hard’ Brexit and furiously criticised US President Donald Trump.
It's a very desperate state when you try to bring back a discredited and publicly rejected politician
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, who is battling for a seat in the House of Commons at the upcoming Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election, claimed Mr Corbyn must be in “a very desperate state” to consider handing a frontbench role to Mr Miliband.
Labour MPs are fearful Mr Corbyn’s unpopularity with voters could see the party lose both the Stoke and Copeland by-elections on February 23, which were sparked by the resignations of Labour’s Tristram Hunt and Jamie Reed from Parliament.
Mr Nuttall told Express.co.uk: “You know you are in a very desperate state when you try to bring back a discredited and publicly rejected politician in order to improve your popularity.
"Ed Miliband campaigned for Remain despite his constituents voting overwhelming for Leave and he has since said we should stay in the Single Market even if it means we can’t control immigration.
"It’s clear he doesn't want a true Brexit that would respect the result of the EU referendum.
"Voters in traditional Labour areas need a party that reflect their views, not those of a north London dinner party."
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Mr Corbyn has placed a three-line whip on the Article 50 Bill, meaning shadow ministers wanting to rebel should, by convention, quit their frontbench jobs.
The Labour leader is due to take a decision on replacing resigned shadow ministers after the Bill’s third reading on Wednesday.
He is also likely to consider whether to sack 13 shadow ministers, including three whips whose job is to enforce discipline, who voted against Article 50 but remain in their roles.
Opening up the possibility of a shadow business role for Mr Miliband, a Labour source told the Daily Mirror: “They really want Ed to come back.
“They’ve wanted him for quite a while and in some ways, this is the ideal brief”.
Mr Miliband led Labour between 2010 and 2015 but saw his party suffer the loss of 26 seats at the last general election, leading to his resignation.