Shadow Cabinet Results
The following have been elected to the Shadow Cabinet:
Angela Eagle 165
Maria Eagle 107
And those not elected were:
Ex-officio members are as follows:
Some instant reactions:
- Well done to my fellow Hackneyite Meg Hillier. I think she is the first Hackney MP in a Cabinet or Shadow Cabinet role since Herbert Morrison.
- It shows the PLP can be trusted to take this decision - it's not a perfect line up but it's a good one with a mixture of experience and new talent.
- There's a good balance between supporters of different leadership candidates, suggesting a spirit of unity and balance in the PLP.
- It pays to run for Leader - looks like Balls, Burnham and Abbott (despite losing) got boosted. And it pays to run a leadership campaign as in the case of Murphy, Khan and Alexander.
- Peter Hain probably lost his seat because too many Welsh MPs ran.
- All the fuss about the quota was irrelevant as it turned out the PLP wanted 8 women, more than the 6 they had to elect. This is very healthy and in marked contrast to the Coalition Cabinet.
- There's a marked concentration of power in Yorkshire - the Leader, Chief Whip and 7 elected members have seats in the same region.
- London is reasonably well represented compared to its under-representation in the past, with Harriet plus 3 elected members.
- Coming back into the House after a term out through election defeat is a big disadvantage - Stephen Twigg and Chris Leslie would surely have got far more than 55 and 26 votes if their careers had not been interrupted in 2005 when they were both high-flying Ministers of State.
- All the rumours about how likely John Healey was to get in were true and then some - to get 192 votes when not an incumbent is extraordinary.