Thursday 7 October 2010

The new shadow cabinet

Will it take 100 votes to win a Shadow Cabinet place?, turns out to be a question to which the answer was yes, as Next Left's maths of the election contest turned out to be absolutely spot on.

According to authoritative tweeting from Barry Gardiner MP, the 19 elected candidates, joining leader Ed Miliband, deputy Harriet Harman and chief whip Rosie Winterton, are:

Yvette Cooper 232
John Healey 192 New
Ed Balls 179
Andy Burnham 165
Angela Eagle 165 New
Alan Johnson 163
Douglas Alexander 160
Jim Murphy 160
Tessa Jowell 152
Caroline Flint 139 New
John Denham 129
Hilary Benn 128
Sadiq Khan 128
Mary Creagh 119 New
Ann McKechin 117 New
Maria Eagle 107 New
Meg Hillier 106 New
Ivan Lewis 104 New
Liam Byrne 100

The ex-officio members of the Shadow Cabinet beyond the leader and deputy are:

Tony Lloyd MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party
Rosie Winterton MP, Labour’s Chief Whip
Baroness Jan Royall, Shadow Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Steve Bassam, Labour’s Chief Whip in the House of Lords

This means there are now eleven women in Labour's shadow cabinet, with Harman, Winterton and Royall joined by the eight women elected among the PLP's 19 choices.

Ex-cabinet ministers voted out include Peter Hain, Ben Bradshaw, Pat McFadden, Stephen Timms and Shaun Woodward. Other candidates who failed to get elected include Diane Abbott, Chris Bryant, David Lammy and Stephen Twigg.

I will be talking about what it means on the BBC news channel sometime shortly after 9pm.

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