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I imagine Miliband made a political calculation, that Balls and Cooper would have more independence and be a potential threat whereas Johnson will let the leader dominate on economic policy.

Some of the people elected to the shadow cabinet are quite spectacularly obscure. Mary Creagh - who the hell is she? On the other hand there is some dead wood remaining. Tessa Jowell, left responsible for nothing except commenting on the Olympics, seems not to be in the leader's confidence.

One interesting point is that, as no Welsh MP got elected to the shadow cabinet, Peter Hain got to be one of Ed's wild card picks as shadow Welsh Secretary. Is Labour in Wales so devoid of talent or have the promising young politicians all gone to the Welsh Assembly.

by Gary J on Mon Oct 18th, 2010 at 07:00:19 PM EST
The theory is that too many Welsh MP's stood for election, splitting their votes

BBC News - Labour's shadow cabinet will have Welsh MP

  • Peter Hain - 97
  • Chris Bryant - 77
  • Kevin Brennan - 64
  • David Hanson - 38
  • Ian Lucas - 34
  • Wayne David - 30
  • Huw Irranca-Davies - 28
  • Alun Michael - 11
  • Candidates polling 100 votes or more made the shadow cabinet


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Oct 18th, 2010 at 07:44:32 PM EST
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I agree the Welsh MPs split their votes too much (which is why Labour should us a proportional system instead of the bloc vote, to elect the shadow cabinet).

I am currently watching the BBC Parliament channel, where by coincidence Chris Bryant is leading for Labour on the committee stage of the Parliamentary elections legislation. I think he has more of a political future than Peter Hain has left.

by Gary J on Tue Oct 19th, 2010 at 02:29:03 PM EST
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I agree the Welsh MPs split their votes too much (which is why Labour should us a proportional system instead of the bloc vote, to elect the shadow cabinet).

I am currently watching the BBC Parliament channel, where by coincidence Chris Bryant is leading for Labour on the committee stage of the Parliamentary elections legislation. I think he has more of a political future than Peter Hain has left.

by Gary J on Tue Oct 19th, 2010 at 02:31:59 PM EST
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