Ed Miliband is made Labour leader

Today, conference witnessed as Ed Miliband became the leader of the Labour Party with 50.1% of the vote.

As the left foot forward blog has predicted Ed Balls was kingmaker in the vote, while Dianne Abbott was outed in the first round.

Ed Miliband managed to get 34% in the first round while his elder brother took home 37%. But the final result went down to the union vote, where the younger of the brothers was able to carry victory.

Pressure will be on Ed Miliband to both unify the party while providing a heavy hitting critique of the coalition government.

All eyes will be on where Ed places his brother in the shadow cabinet. There will be great interest to see whether the party places third place contender Ed Balls – who has placed a significant attack on the cuts agenda – in a chancellor role, or whether his inclusion will be political poison, owing to the specificity of his criticism.

Tom Clark of the Guardian has tweeted that the result could be the difference of the 2-3 MP votes.

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4 Responses to Ed Miliband is made Labour leader

  1. No disrespect to Harriet Harman but now we have someone to take the fight back to the Condems (I prefer Toalies though!)

    The Condems are about to launch a spending review that will gut public services and stick the boot in hard to the poorest and most vulnerable in society. We must avoid disunity at all costs.

  2. Citizen Sane says:

    Well there can be no doubt that this is the best possible outcome…. for David Cameron.

  3. TeonGordon says:

    This is a good enough result, weren’t many surprises, though the wafer-thin margin by which Ed made a home run shows how close this election was. Personally, i feel satisfied with the result. Perhaps now we can reach out not only to disaffected members on the Left, but also to the rest of the country. If Ed is serious about working in tandem with his brother, then together they could prove more than a match for the Coalition.

  4. Carl P says:

    Jams;

    I share your setiment, and actually I think out of the two brothers, the likelihood of unity is more plausible under Ed’s watch.

    To answer citizen sane, consider a social democrat leader who is able to unite all or many of the factions within the Labour Party, providing sound criticism of the drastic measures about to be struck upon us after October’s spending review, I wouldn’t be so sure David Cameron’s taken it yet.

    Teon, I’d like him to be a socialist and appeal to the left for this reason, but he needs to win hearts and minds before he can do that effectively, and keep the party relevant, certainly I think it is high time but the argument has to be won and the will has to be there.

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