Ed Milliband has won the Labour Leadership campaign, and become the 18th leader of the Labour Party, with 175,519 votes.
”I am nobody’s man, I am my own man. I am very clear about that,” he told BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show.
How does it Work?
- The voting power was divided equally between MPs and MEPs, affiliated organisations (trade unions), and other party members.
- If no candidate holds more than 50% of the votes by the end of the first round of voting, the candidate with the fewest votes is removed and their second preference votes are divided among the remaining candidates.
- This process is continued until a candidate has achieved the required number of votes and has the potential to result in a head to head contest between just two candidates.
His lead was only very narrowly ahead of his brother, David, who achieved 147,220 votes, but regardless of this, Ed is the man who will lead our party into the next general election and take the party back to its roots by reconnecting with previous supporters. On top of the overall result Ed also won the biggest number of affiliate/union first preference votes (35%). However, it will take much more than winning the leadership to return the party to government. The party must first re-earn the trust of those people it let down so badly during its term. I do think that the Brown/Blair feud is an irrelevance now that the party has been forced to wake up to the fact that the petty internal squabbles were in part to blame for their defeat in May. Admitting that the party must acknowledge its mistakes is at least a step in the right direction; the next will be to identifying how those mistakes were made in order to avoid a repeat of the same.
“The razor-thin margin leaves the new leader with an immediate problem: he has to unite a party that split almost arithmetically down the middle.” Jonathan Freedland to The Guardian – Comment is Free.
The support from the unions is by no means all that won him the election. He won by showing his support of the people who the party was set up in the interest of; working people. The previous Labour party lost touch and ended up displaying their embarrassment over the Party’s union links and origins. It shows the party has not entirely lost touch with its centre left ideals and I am very much looking forward to the his leadership speech on Tuesday. As my readers know, I also supported Ed Milliband and it is a pleasure to finally have some good news to post.
“He won by focusing on the issues working people care about – stopping the onslaught on public services, fighting for a living wage, standing up for manufacturing, offering a fair deal at work. His acknowledgement of the calamity of the Iraq war is also vital if Labour is to regain people’s trust.” – Len McCluskey to The Guardian – Comment is Free.
I trust that Ed’s commitment is to our interests and us as our representative in Parliament rather than the other way around as it so sadly became during the years of Blair and Brown. His vision has every chance of redeeming the party’s reputation of fairness and equality. The nickname of “Red Ed” was unfairly dished up during the leadership campaign but he has rebutted this with a promise not to merely object to every spending cut on principle, and become a responsible opposition leader while we recover from ‘the deficit’.