All entries for Wednesday 16 May 2007
May 16, 2007
So the labour leadership contest is under way. Everyone knows who is going to win but will he wrap it up sooner rather than later.
In order to run for leadership an MP must be nominated by at least 45 of their fellow peers.
Currently the lefty, John McDonnell has 29 nominations while Gordon is cruising on 297. If my calculations are correct there only 26 more nominations available. So, if John McDonnell doesn’t secure over half of these his campaign will be over before it has even started.
I expect it will be a busy 24 hours for McDonnell’s team before the nominations close tomorrow.
I think I’m right in thinking that everyone has to vote for a candidate and can’t abstain?
I have a feeling Gordon’s smile will be even bigger tomorrow. I can’t imagine there wll be many more rebels who will vote against him, but you never know.
BBC have just announced that McDonnell has conceded after Brown reached 308 nominations, so looks like good old Gordon will be the UK’s next Prime Minister!