A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Across the line

Hazel is now past the magic 44 thanks to Hilary Armstrong, Stephen Byers, Alan Milburn and Martyn Jones: http://www.hazelblears.com/?cat=11


Anonymous Dave said...

Byers and Milburn? Blimey.

5:33 pm, May 11, 2007

Blogger Chris Paul said...

Sheesh. That's like poison. The only DL candidate who hasn't got with the trip and dropped the New. Though her brochure and letter have. Talk of Tomorrow's Labour - Tomorrow's Politics - Tomorrow's Party. Which is better than new isn't it?

6:18 pm, May 11, 2007

Anonymous Andrea said...

"Byers and Milburn? "

And Kelly...and Armstrong...I feel almost scared by her supporters list!

6:21 pm, May 11, 2007

Anonymous Ian G said...

I hope she poclaims the support of Byers and Milburn far and wide!

I know that it would make Labour Party members soooo much more inclined to vote for her...

1:09 am, May 12, 2007

Anonymous Cllr Who? said...


I'm somewhat to the left of your good self, but not massively.

I hope to be able to vote

1) Cruddas
2) Blears

My reason - by a long shot they are the two candidates who seem to be taking campaigning / electioneering seriously, rather than grandstanding. Sure, they have fairly different views on how the Party should develop its electoral and campaigning strategy, but they both realise that we're nowhere, but nowhere without a highly effective campaign next time round.

Sometimes I think some of the other candidates are making excellent speeches for the early days of oppositon, and that's not what I want to hear.

Would you appreciate the support, and admire the logic, or do you think this is an idiotic position.

1:37 am, May 12, 2007

Anonymous Anti-Byers said...

So you lambast Cruddas for being endorsed by CLPD (whether he sought their support or not!!).

Yet Blears is being supported by someone who advocated abolishing inheritance tax.

1:17 pm, May 12, 2007

Anonymous cruddasitis said...

With a list like that, who needs enemies. Scary.......In with the Old , out with the New (Labour)

2:33 pm, May 12, 2007

Anonymous Caroline said...

As a Crudddas supporter, I will voting for him to become Deputy Leader and hope that Gordon appoints Hazel Blears as Deputy Prime Minister.

2:27 pm, May 13, 2007

Blogger Luke Akehurst said...

Cllr who? I think there is a lot of logic to your position. Hazel and Jon are the 2 candidates who are clearly coming at the job with a grassroots organisation/campaigning/membership agenda.

Caroline why not vote for Hazel to be DL and urge Brown to make Jon party chair?

3:50 pm, May 13, 2007

Anonymous Alex Sobel said...

Why not urge Gordon to have an elected Party Chair whether Jon wins the DL election or not. Why can't we elect at least 1 position on a regular basis in Govt. At least Gordon will be able to take the pulse of the membership

12:29 pm, May 14, 2007


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