Labour no longer loves Mandy

In today's YouGov Labour leadership survey, Lord Mandelson is the only Labour figure to have a negative net asset rating - a result, no doubt, of his memoirs being released.

In YouGov’s Labour leadership survey, the headline figure of which saw David Miliband lead his brother Ed 54 per cent to 46 per cent (see my earlier post here), the Labour Party members and trade unionists polled were asked whether they thought a series of Labour figures – none of whom are standing for the leadership – are an asset or a liability.

Of the seven – Gordon Brown, Yvette Cooper, Jon Cruddas, Alistair Darling, Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson, Peter Mandelson and Dennis Skinner – only one suffered the ignominy of a negative net rating; that man is Baron Mandelson of Foy in the county of Herefordshire and Hartlepool in the county of Durham, until May the Lord President of the Council, First Secretary of State, and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Sixty one per cent of both trade unionists and Labour Party members think him a liability, against only 25 per cent of Labour Party affiliated trade unionists and 29 per cent of Labour Party members who think him an asset – a result, no doubt, of his perceived ‘treachery’ in publishing his memoirs so soon after Labour’s defeat and in the middle of the leadership contest.

Tony Blair famously once said the New Labour project would only be complete when the party “learned to love Peter Mandelson”, which it did indeed seem to do from last September’s conference speech through to the general election; now, however, from being loved he’s turned into a liability. C’est la vie!

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13 Responses to “Labour no longer loves Mandy”

  1. George Wright

    I think this really illustrates how New Labour lost contact with its socialist roots. Lord Mandelson was always in it for himself, not for any collective good.

  2. Robert

    Welfare reforms

    Cooper to day the Tories are out to hurt the most vunerable, and what were you going to do, well the same really but we would have done it better.

    God help us….

    If the Labour party loves these pratts then i think the time has come to call it a day and join the Tories.

  3. Liz McShane

    Think the ‘love-in’ with Mandy was too good to last and bound to end in tears. I think he’s a victim of his own ego. But you have got to admire his talent regarding his super media skills. It was absolutely delicious watching him against Ken Clark on various news debates before & during the election.

  4. Karen Connolly

    RT @leftfootfwd: Labour no longer loves Mandy

  5. Shamik Das

    Oh Mandy, Labour no longer loves Mandy… @leftfootfwd

  6. Karen Connolly

    @leftfootfwd @daaronovitch We like!!! Mandy & the love affair over??? lol

  7. Duncan Stott

    Labour members and trade unionists rate Alan Johnson as the highest "net asset" Labour figure Says it all, really

  8. Nadia

    Well thank f*ck for that! “@leftfootfwd: Labour no longer loves Mandy”

  9. He's Spartacus

    Alan Johnson?

    Says it all, really.

  10. Lucien de la Peste

    RT @DuncanStott: Lab members and trade unionists rate Alan Johnson as the highest "net asset" Labour figure Staggering.

  11. Jonathan Davies

    RT @leftfootfwd: Labour no longer loves Mandy

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