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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

We're all in the Brown

John McDonnell has announced that he is withdrawing from the contest to lead the Labour Party, as he is unable to attract enough support from fellow Labour MPs to get on the ballot paper. The news means that Brown will now be declared leader of the Labour Party unopposed. I'm not sure that's really good news for him - it means that he doesn't even have a mandate from his party, let alone the electorate. On the other hand, it does demonstrate that he has the full support of almost all Labour MPs. Only 44 MPs have not signed up to Brown's nomination - meaning that McDonnell is now unable to gain the required 45 signatures. He only managed 29, with a further 15 refusing to back either candidate. There has been speculation that at least one Labour MP may be willing to cross the floor and join the Conservatives, with Frank Field's name often mentioned on blogs. Only time will tell on that front.

The Deputy Leadership contest will still go ahead, with at least 5 candidates. So far, only Hilary Benn has not managed to attract enough supporters, with just hours to go until the deadline.

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