Ed Miliband’s new shadow cabinet team has an average age of 50.0 compared to 51.25 for their Coalition counterparts, Scrapbook has calculated. Using birth dates – as opposed to the age at last birthday – produces a more accurate picture. Youngest front benchers Perhaps at odds with Ed Miliband’s claim to lead a “new generation”, the […]

The Winners Yvette Cooper (232) John Healey (192) Ed Balls (179) Angela Eagle (165) Andy Burnham (165) Alan Johnson (163) Douglas Alexander (160) Jim Murphy (160) Tessa Jowell (152) Caroline Flint (139) John Denham (129) Hilary Benn (128) Sadiq Khan (128) Mary Creah (119) Ann McKechin (117) Maria Eagle (107) Meg Hillier (106) Ivan Lewis […]

Labour’s Shadow Cabinet elections got busier again yesterday with at least two more hopefuls (including Mike Gapes and Wayne David) sending out emails to their parliamentary colleagues. Following changes to the PLP rules women can count on a minimum of seven places at the top table. Including Harriet Harman this means a minimum of six […]

Glasgow North MP Ann McKechin has declared that she is to run in the Shadow Cabinet elections, Scrapbook can reveal. A lot has changed since we last wrote about the aspirant Scottish contenders with the woman tipped as the next Shadow Scottish Secretary declining to run. Meanwhile the blogosphere’s favourite, Tom Harris, spent five minutes […]

Labour MP John Mann is to hand over the majority of his shadow cabinet votes to his local constituency party, Scrapbook can reveal. Earlier in the summer Mann organised a primary vote on the Labour leadership, sending ballot papers to 16,000 voters identified as Labour supporters in his Bassetlaw Constituency. On a 32% turnout Bassetlaw backed […]

Following on from Scrapbook’s earlier post about the runners and riders for the post of Shadow Scottish Secretary we thought we’d take a look at the contenders for the Wales job. Unlike its Scottish counterpart which has seen holders of the post propelled to lofty positions like Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary, or tipped as […]

The Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) have been presented with options for reform of the shadow cabinet. Letters to MPs from Margaret Beckett and Tony Lloyd pave the way for ballots on 8 September for the size, composition and gender profile of the shadow cabinet and between 30 September and 7 October for its membership. The timetable is underpinned […]

Scrapbook’s acting editor Socialist Animal get’s about a bit. Yesterday I put in a guest appearance on Will Patterson’s blog speculating as to the contenders for Shadow Secretary of Scotland. I speculated that as all the current Scots in the Shadow Cabinet have been Scottish Secretary before it’s unlikely that any of them will want […]