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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

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