Labour MP switches from Ed to David after balloting members

Labour backbencher John Mann has switched his support from Ed Miliband - whom he nominated - to David Miliband following a ballot of 15,000 party members and known Labour voters in his Bassetlaw constituency.

Labour backbencher John Mann has switched his support from Ed Miliband – whom he nominated – to David Miliband following a ballot of 15,000 party members and known Labour voters in his Bassetlaw constituency. The results on a turnout of 32 per cent were: David Miliband (50.3%), Ed Miliband (20.2%), Ed Balls (15.4%), Andy Burnham (7.7%) and Diane Abbott (6.5%).

The total electorate in Bassetlaw is just over 76,500, of which 25,018 voted Labour; three-fifths of that number were balloted, with about a fifth of all Labour voters replying. No other Constituency Labour Party nor polling organisation has polled such a large number of Labour voters.

Mann told Left Foot Forward:

“I gave an undertaking to my Labour voters in Bassetlaw I would vote the way they mandated me to do, however, now I know the margin, the fact that it’s not narrow, that one candidate has got a huge proportion of the vote, over 50 per cent, I listen to my Labour voters, they give me a mandate and I shall follow that mandate.

“Well, this is the first primary, I’m sure it won’t be the last in British politics for leaderships, that’s what politics should be about, we don’t have all the wisdom as MPs, let the people decide, I trust my voters, I respect them, they’ve had their say and we in my area will abide by it.”

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Furthermore, had they been required, on second, third and fourth preferences, David Miliband would also have come out on top, with 55 per cent of transfers from Andy Burnham, Ed Balls and Diane Abbott.

Left Foot Forward understands that Sheila Gilmore, the Labour MP for Edinburgh East who originally nominated Diane Abbott, is also holding a primary of Labour Party members and strong Labour voters to determine who she should vote for and transfer to, while Anthony Painter has just tweeted that Dudley North will also be holding a primary.

UPDATE 13.45:

Responding the Bassetlaw primary, Ed Miliband told a press conference, “You win some, you lose some”. Claiming the support of “about 150 constituency Labour parties”, over 60 MPs and several trade unions, at those close of nominations, Mr Miliband said:

“I’m not the candidate for an easy life: one more heave with some of the new Labour dogmas of the past. If you want that, I’m not your man.”

42 Responses to “Labour MP switches from Ed to David after balloting members”

  1. Jessica Asato

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  2. Paul Sandars

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  3. ProgressOnline

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  5. Ben Cooper

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  6. Sophie Sutcliffe

    RT @leftfootfwd: Labour MP switches from @ed_miliband to @dmiliband after balloting members: http://bit.ly/9sCZ5B

  7. John Rentoul

    John Mann MP switches from Ed to David Miliband after balloting Labour supporters in his constituency http://bit.ly/9sCZ5B

  8. Liza Harding

    RT @leftfootfwd: Labour MP switches from @ed_miliband to @dmiliband after balloting members: http://bit.ly/9sCZ5B

  9. Nicolas

    Balloting using FPTP rather than AV? Rididulous.

  10. Michael Payne

    John Mann MP switches from Ed to @DMiliband after balloting Labour supporters in his constituency http://bit.ly/9sCZ5B #DM4Leader

  11. Oliver Hyams

    RT @JohnRentoul: John Mann MP switches from Ed to David Miliband after balloting Labour supporters in his constituency http://bit.ly/9sCZ5B

  12. Philip Cane

    RT @leftfootfwd: Labour MP switches from @ed_miliband to @dmiliband after balloting members: http://bit.ly/9sCZ5B

  13. Stewart Owadally

    RT @leftfootfwd: Labour MP switches from @ed_miliband to @dmiliband after balloting members: http://bit.ly/9sCZ5B

  14. Ali Unwin

    brilliant!!–> UPDATE: "You win some, you lose some", says Ed M in response to Bassetlaw primary http://bit.ly/9ZMPl9 /via @leftfootfwd

  15. Shamik Das

    RT @leftfootfwd: Labour MP switches from @ed_miliband to @dmiliband after balloting members: http://bit.ly/9sCZ5B

  16. Naushabah Khan

    RT @Progressonline: RT @leftfootfwd: Labour MP switches from @ed_miliband to @dmiliband after balloting members: http://bit.ly/9sCZ5B

  17. Shamik Das

    @anthonypainter Cheers mate! Just updated http://bit.ly/9sCZ5B @leftfootfwd

  18. Alys Tarr

    RT @micpayne: John Mann MP switches from Ed to @DMiliband after balloting Labour supporters in his constituency http://bit.ly/9sCZ5B #D …

  19. Peter Owen

    RT @leftfootfwd: UPDATE: "You win some, you lose some", says Ed M in response to Bassetlaw primary http://bit.ly/9ZMPl9

  20. John Willman

    RT @leftfootfwd: "You win some, you lose some", says Ed M in response to Bassetlaw primary http://bit.ly/9ZMPl9 Labour members should note!

  21. Business&Politics

    RT @JohnWillman: RT @leftfootfwd:"You win some, you lose some", Ed M response to Bassetlaw primary http://bit.ly/9ZMPl9 Labour members note!

  22. judyk113

    RT @JohnRentoul John Mann MP switches from Ed to David Miliband after balloting Labour supporters in his constituency http://bit.ly/9sCZ5B

  23. Ayse Veli

    RT @micpayne: John Mann MP switches from Ed to @DMiliband after balloting Labour supporters in his constituency http://bit.ly/9sCZ5B #D …

  24. Blair McDougall

    RT @leftfootfwd: Labour MP switches from Ed to David after balloting members http://bit.ly/9ZMPl9

  25. Blair McDougall

    55% of second preferences in Bassetlaw went to @dmiliband interesting http://bit.ly/9ZMPl9

  26. Sophie Sutcliffe

    RT @blairmcdougall: 55% of second preferences in Bassetlaw went to @dmiliband interesting http://bit.ly/9ZMPl9

  27. Ayse Veli

    RT @blairmcdougall: 55% of second preferences in Bassetlaw went to @dmiliband interesting http://bit.ly/9ZMPl9

  28. Ayse Veli

    RT @blairmcdougall: RT @leftfootfwd: Labour MP switches from Ed to David after balloting members http://bit.ly/9ZMPl9

  29. judyk113

    Even better; John Mann's switch from Ed Mili to D Mili was based on a genuine primary of 5,000 Labour voters. Attn MPs! http://bit.ly/9Wgh33

  30. Huw Irranca-Davies

    RT @blairmcdougall: RT @leftfootfwd: Labour MP switches from Ed to David after balloting members http://bit.ly/9ZMPl9

  31. John77

    David Miliband got an absolute majority of first preferences and you think it is necessary to look at how many second and third preferences he got in order to determine the winner!
    What form of alternative voting system do you support?

  32. Alison Charlton

    @DAaronovitch Primaries make what has been a pretty dull campaign, interesting. MP switches support: Left ft fwd http://bit.ly/9Wgh33

  33. housecarl

    As a former foreign secretary and rumoured challenger to Gordon Brown, David Miliband has a much higher profile than any of the other candidates. Therefore it was obvious that he would win a wider primary amongst voters who have n’t been very engaged with the leadership campaign and probably don’t know comparatively little about E Miliband, Balls, Burnham or Abbot.

    That doesn’t necessarily mean that in 4 years time the electorate would prefer him to other potential party leaders, or that he’d be best for the party. I can’t imagine that a relative nobody like David Cameron would have had much chance of winning a Tory Primary back in 2005.

    That doesn’t make primaries – or David Miliband’s victory – redundant, but it does mean they should be taken with a pinch of salt.

  34. CLP nominations reinforce MPs' endorsements | Left Foot Forward

    […] most important example of a switcher CLP was David Miliband’s victory in the Bassetlaw primary, because it also converted John Mann MP’s own vote. None of the other CLP nominations carry […]

  35. Will

    "Labour MP switches from Ed to David after balloting members" – http://tinyurl.com/2uhxdqq

  36. Ben Cooper

    RT @judyk113: Even better; John Mann's switch from Ed Mili to D Mili was based on a genuine primary of 5,000 Labour voters. Attn MPs! http://bit.ly/9Wgh33

  37. Aaron Kumar

    RT @judyk113: Even better; John Mann's switch from Ed Mili to D Mili was based on a genuine primary of 5,000 Labour voters. Attn MPs! http://bit.ly/9Wgh33

  38. Mary Galbraith

    I find this compelling: Both the overwhelming result for David Miliband; and the inclusive process.
    http://bit.ly/9ZMPl9

  39. TlakTone

    RT @leftfootfwd: Labour MP switches from Ed to David after balloting members http://bit.ly/9ZMPl9

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