Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Miliband the biggest vote loser of Leadership Candidates

In May David Miliband lost 8.8% of his vote share (which represented a 6.4% swing to the Conservatives). This was the largest % of votes lost by any of the Labour Leadership candidates - even Ed Balls, who almost lost his seat.

CANDIDATE SEAT * LAB ‘05 * LAB ‘10

Diane Abbott Hackney N & Stoke Newington * 49.0% * 55.0%
Ed Miliband Doncaster North * 51.1% * 47.3%
Andy Burnham Leigh * 57.8% * 51.3%
Ed Balls Morley & Outwood * 46.0% * 37.6%
David Miliband South Shields * 60.8% * 52.0%

I wonder will this go against him? It'll be interesting to see what happens in September. My bet would be Miliband, D will be ahead on the first ballot, but will not make it out of the second victorious. I'd say we have got a Star Trek Convention to look forward to - but let's see....