1. Waugh – Ed M came 2nd to David M in EVERY LONDON seat; 2. Twits and Twitterers

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    27th September 2010

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    Paul Waugh: “By my rough count, Ed came first only in 62 seats out of 650 across the whole of the UK. So David won a massive 90.5 per cent of the CLPs. […] It’s not just that Ed Miliband did badly in London and the South – he did disastrously in terms of winning a majority of CLP votes. In London, for example, David Miliband came first in every single one of the capital’s 73 seats. Yes, you read that correctly, every single one.”

    Interesting breakdown from Paul Waugh at the Standard, tweeted by him here. [List of political twits here]

    Normally I’m not too keen on this Waugh fella. Can’t imagine why. Must be my visceral revulsion towards journos who stoke up Blair Rage. Waugh is one of them, even if fellow Blair Rage fighter John Rentoul seems to quite like him.

    But since Mr Waugh has spent some time earning his bread today instead of his usual opining, and has this breakdown of the Ed Vs David support, he deserves a positive mention here. [Copied as is at the Standard]


    27 September 2010 3:30 PM

    Ed’s Southern Discomfort

    Giles Radice recently updated his landmark “Southern Discomfort” pamphlet with a clear warning that the problem was as acute as ever for Labour.

    The constituency party breakdown of the leadership election has now underlined that in dramatic fashion.

    I’ve just gone through the details of the figures to compile a regional breakdown (it’s a brain-ache to do because CLPs are listed alphabetically, but hey that’s what I’m here for dear reader).

    Anyway, the ranking of first preferences of Labour members should certainly make sobering reading for Team Mili-E.

    It’s not just that Ed Miliband did badly in London and the South – he did disastrously in terms of winning a majority of CLP votes.

    In London, for example, David Miliband came first in every single one of the capital’s 73 seats. Yes, you read that correctly, every single one.

    This matters because London* has the biggest local parties in the country, with many having more than 800 members and some topping the 1,000 mark. This is why Ken Livingstone and Oona King and others did so well in the NEC elections.

    There was the odd neck-and-neck race (such as Sadiq Khan’s Tooting, where David won by 200 votes to 186 in enemy territory). Yet in many places, David won by comfortable margins. In some seatofs, he won double or three times as many votes as his brother.

    It gets worse. In the South outside London (and by that I mean from the Severn to the Wash), Ed Miliband came first in just seven CLPs.

    These isolated islands of EMilism were Central Devon, Oxford East, Poole, Romsey, South Cambs, Southampton Test, Tiverton and Honiton. Only two are Labour seats (Oxf E and Sthmpton Itchen) and the rest are not exactly Labour targets.

    By my rough count, Ed came first only in 62 seats out of 650 across the whole of the UK. So David won a massive 90.5 per cent of the CLPs.

    The new leader’s support came in traditional heartlands, winning a majority of first prefs in 23 Scots seats, 6 Welsh seats, 15 Yorkshire seats, as well as a sprinkling in Derbyshire, Lancs and the Midlands

    I note that among the Scots CLPs to give Ed the lead are Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (prop. one G. Brown), and Livingston (former prop. R. Cook).

    So, in a large swathe English seats needed to win an election, Ed Miliband was not seen as the best man to become the next Prime Minister – even within his own party.

    The party membership will inevitably rally round him despite all that, but it’s not exactly a flying start. Southern Discomfort is back with a vengeance.

    *FOOTNOTE: London also gave a strong showing for Diane Abbott, with many parties putting her in third place for first prefs ahead of Balls and Burnham.

    Another interesting fact is that the CLP breakdown shows just how many MPs went against the wishes of their local party in backing certain candidates. But that’s for another day, I suspect.


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    4 Responses to “1. Waugh – Ed M came 2nd to David M in EVERY LONDON seat; 2. Twits and Twitterers”

    1. Peter Reynolds Says:

      “Normally I’m not too keen on this Waugh fella-tio”

      Well you shouldn’t be because that’s what it is. It’s absolute c**k-s**king nonsense! It’s so irrelevant as to be beneath you. Yes, even beneath you and a 40 ton articulated lorry full of Big Macs.

      What the hell difference does it make, the precise breakdown of the way voters voted at one instant in time? Completely meaningless. Journalism and political theorising like this is so far up its own arse that it’s totally blind.

      It makes no difference at all and if you think it points to likely problems in the future you’re in fantasy land.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Even a biased Tory like you, Peter, must be aware of something called “democracy” within political parties. And this was nothing like democracy. Did you see that Tony Woodward (?) Unions fella on Newsnight tonight? Ranting on – misleading – about how it was ordinary punters, the “working class man”, who had voted for Little Ed. At least Paxman had the wherewithal to remind him that only 10% of those who had received voting papers in this way had actually voted. Probably MULTIPLE times, as some of them had 13 votes each!

        So, in the same way that we get a few NOISY Blair haters thinking they speak for us all, we got the 10% who knew that the Unions had spent millions on Little Ed’s campaign – (cos his picture was all over their leaflets) – and so, knew what the Unions wanted.

        Nothing like democracy.

        You really need to stop smoking that stuff, Peter, if you think that NO constituency parties in London supporting Ed is OK by you and democracy.

        Nothing like etc ….

        As for problems in the future, we’ll see.

        Of course I understand why YOU’RE happy, P.

    2. Peter Reynolds Says:

      How are you by the way, old boy?

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