Miliband the Younger

The new leader of the Labour Party is Ed Miliband, the younger of the two Miliband brothers in the race.  It was close though…  And the BBC’s Nick Robinson has noted that David Miliband won the MPs/MEPs vote, and the individual members vote, but lost overwhelming in the trade union [and affiliated organisations] members’ vote… [added link to breakdown of affiliated organisations voting]  Each ‘section’ is worth a third of the total.  The Guardian’s live-blog has the figures from the first round of voting

4.48pm: Here are the figures for the first round:

David Miliband
Union members: 9.182
Individual members: 14.688
MPs and MEPs: 13.910
Total: 37.78

Ed Miliband
Union members: 13.821
Individual members: 9.978
MPs and MEPs: 10.526
Total: 34.33

Ed Balls
Union members: 3.411
Individual members: 3.371
MPs and MEPs: 5.013
Total: 11.79

Andy Burnham
Union members: 2.825
Individual members: 2.849
MPs and MEPs: 3.008
Total: 8.68

Diane Abbott
Union members: 4.093
Individual members: 2.447
MPs and MEPs: 0.877
Total: 7.42

The other candidates were eliminated and their votes redistributed as follows

David Miliband won the first round with 37.78% to Ed Miliband’s 34.33% – Diane Abbott was knocked out, and the second preferences of her voters redistributed.

In the second round, David won again, with 38.89%. Ed got 37.47%. Andy Burnham was knocked out and his votes redistributed.

In the third round, David won with 42.72% to Ed’s 41.26%. Ed Balls was knocked out and his votes redistributed, leaving only two candidates.

In the final round David fell behind with 49.35%. Ed won with 50.65%.

You can check what ‘advice’ Malcolm Tucker had for Miliband the Younger via my earlier post.

Adds  The Guardian’s Michael White’s thoughts here

In picking Ed Miliband as its next leader instead of his older brother, David, the Labour party has just voted with its heart over its head. After the genuine drama of the result – a nailbiter live on TV – the applause in the Manchester conference hall was heartfelt.

But also a little subdued? From the TV it was hard to tell. The two brothers embraced, the new leader – just 40 – spoke briefly and (“David, I love you so much as a brother”) for the most part soberly. But every trade unionist in the room, whose votes clinched today’s result, must have known that such close result is not the best recipe for unity. Too much room for “if onlys” and recrimination, too much discomfort among MPs – especially the ex-cabinet bloc – who opted for David.

And  Here are the details of votes in each ‘section’ round-by-round


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