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.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Deputy Leadership stats

Omar has provided jpegs of the newly published list of who each MP voted for in the Deputy Leadership election:

http://zalam.typepad.com/omar_salem/2007/09/deputy-leadersh.html

it all seems a long time ago now, but this is a fascinating picture of the complex voting patterns in the PLP.

A good way to read them is to read each MP's preferences backwards from sixth to see who really disliked who. Particularly as there is no point expressing a sixth preference (if you express 5 then the final candidate must be 6th) it's quite a public way of expressing distaste.

Some of the transfer patterns are predictable, e.g. Blears to Johnson and vice versa, Harman to Blears & vice versa, Cruddas to Harman and vice versa. Others are a lot more idiosyncratic.

One of the ones that jumped out to me as interesting is that Nick Brown voted 2nd preference for Blears.

4 Comments:

Anonymous jdc said...

And Harriet Harman didn't express a second preference. That's what I call self-confidence...

11:18 am, September 17, 2007

 
Anonymous Andrea said...

"Others are a lot more idiosyncratic."

I noticed Kitty Ussher's 1) Blears and 2) Cruddas combination

And Frank Field went for Cruddas as second preference

12:32 pm, September 17, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

jdc - at least HH is consistent. The weekend before the close of polls Harriet got rather tangled up with a Politics Show reporter's question over whether she would be supporting Hazel Blears as a second preference (if it was important that a woman was DL etc.). HH said that "it didn't follow" that she should vote for Blears, and she was in it to win it.

2:00 pm, September 17, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i still cannot get my head around people like Skinner and Corbyn putting Benn as no 1. i know that they like his dad - but its too weird!

9:28 pm, September 20, 2007

 

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