Ed Miliband has narrowly beaten his brother David to become the new leader of Labour in the UK.
It was a very tight race – Ed only got to the required 50 % and indeed only surpassed David in votes for the first time after 4th preferences were counted – and the other 3 candidates fully eliminated.
First to go was Diane Abbott, the only backbencher, who was from the left of the party and the union’s choice. Next was Andy Burnham, the Cambridge graduate1. Last was Ed Balls, Gordon Brown’s right hand man.
David Miliband was Foreign Secretary, and is currently Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesman – he will no doubt continue a high profile role under his brother’s leadership; perhaps Shadow Chancellor (finance spokesman).
The UK Tories are already rolling out the lines of how they ‘fear a lurch to the left’ and how Ed Miliband is ‘in the pockets of the unions’. Those lines will no doubt get tired very quickly, as he’s no Michael Foot. At any rate, following his progress should be interesting – these are generally politically interesting times in the UK, with the Tory-Liberal coalition government, economic woes etc.
1All but 2 UK Prime Ministers since the Second World War went to Oxford. The 2 exceptions, Winston Churchill and John Major, didn’t go to university at all. The other UK Labour leadership candidates were all Oxford educated.