You may remember that I blogged on 1 September that one of Ed Ball’s most prominent supporters, Geoffrey Robinson, was giving his second preference vote to David Miliband.
The London Evening Standard has now reported that Gerry Sutcliffe, Andy Burnham’s campaign supremo is also giving his second preference to David
This has to be good for David Miliband. He already has more first preferences than any of the other candidates and it now looks as if he will pick up a good number of seconds in the MP/MEP section.
It’s also good news for the Labour Party. David Miliband is the only one of the five candidates who is prime ministerial material. He has a sound electoral platform which will appeal to many outside the Labour Party – the very people we need to vote for us in the next general election.
As a Party activist in the 1980s I know what opposition is like – frustrating and soul-destroying. Believe me, it would not be good for the Labour Party of the people who vote for us if we remained in oppositon party for any longer than necessary.
David Miliband is a winner. Vote David for victory.
Good to see that Geoffrey Robinson, one of Ed Balls most prominent supporters, has endorsed David Miliband as second choice in the Labour Leadership election in this article in the Independent today.
Since we are reliably informed that Ed Balls knew Geoffrey Robinson was going to go public with this endorsement, I think it’s reasonable to assume that Ed (Balls) agrees with Geoffrey. In other words, supporters of Ed Balls should put David Miliband as their second choice.
As ballot papers go out to Labour Party members today, it’s becoming ever clearer that second preferences will count. So, if you are one of those who absolutely must vote for Balls as number one, please do follow his wishes and put David Miliband as two.
Geoffrey Robinson also makes a strong pitch for Ed Balls to be Shadow Chancellor.
There is no doubt that Ed Balls is head and shoulders above any other possibility for this key role, so important in shaping future Labour policy and leading us to general election victory. It was, after all, Ed Balls who devised the five tests for joining the Euro, for which he must be given credit, even though I personally was disappointed that the five tests kept Britain out of the Euro in the early years of Tony Blair’s government.
I met all the Leadership candidates on separate occasions when they came to talk to the EPLP during what has proved to be a very lengthy campaign . Ed Balls demonstrated a strong intelligence and unrivalled grasp of economics, pointing to the obvious conclusion that he is the ideal person to be Shadow Chancellor. Even his legendary toughness would, I believe, be an asset in the job.