There is a stunning graphic in the Sunday Times today showing how close the Labour leadership really was.
David was ahead in the first round 34.3% to 37.8%. The gap was 3.5%. When Abbott dropped out David was stayed ahead 38.9% to 37.5%. The gap was down to 1.4%. Although Abbott only picked up 7.4% of the overall vote a big majority of her supporters must have marked Ed second to make this size of change.
When Burnham dropped out David was ahead 42.7% to 41.3% – the gap held at 1.4% so we know that Burnhamittes were evenly divided between the Milibands.
When Balls dropped out David lost his lead 49.35% to 50.65%. The David lead goes from 1.4% to a lag of 1.3%, or 2.7% in total. So the Ballsittes were into Ed but not as much as the Abbottittes.
It was all very close and all three of the minor candidates had to drop out to get a winner. But, in the Labour leadership contest not all are equal. In the Conservative and LibDem parties it is one member, one vote. With Labour the rule is one ordinary member, one vote but one Leftie activist, many votes.
Is casting his votes for the Labour leadership election – Ed Miliband is my first choice
Note votes, not vote. As I have noted before Sabiers claims membership of three unions plus the Labour party. His register of member’s interests entry lists him as being a member of three unions: Unite, GMB and NUJ.