Friday, 11 September 2015

Labour MPs surprised by ballots outstanding and Yvette seen as labour second choice

I have plenty of labour MPs in the commons who I get on with. A few views they have expressed over the last five days, from their leadership selection, have surprised me:
- how many ballots have not been filled in and returned. Apparently the numbers not returned is still huge.
- how many people have Yvette as their second choice, meaning they believe that Cooper wins if Corbyn does not get a majority straight up.
- Burnham is now seen by many as a busted flush, and the king of flip flops, having started this process as the strong favourite.
- Kendall is seen as a poor relation to stronger Blairite figures like Chuka, Hunt and Jarvis, and just lacks cut through, although all admire her tenacity.