Miliband performed poorly at general election
Biggest vote loser among Labour leadership hopefuls
Mike Smithson at Political Betting has the numbers.
A couple of comments to Mike’s post suggested that the local Conservatives (and some Labour Party members) in South Shields spent too much time working in Tynemouth during the election campaign. May I say that as far as I know, this was not the case, the Conservative candidate in South Shields Karen Allen fought an energetic and forceful campaign almost exclusively within South Shields aided by an enthusiastic group of volunteer workers (we really don’t giver enough credit here), I also know that many Labour Party members were assiduously at work in the constituency, even if their candidate was not.
But perhaps here’s the rub, David Miliband was facing greater opposition than he had in the past with a larger number of candidates standing against him, additionally he was travelling around the country, ostensibly in support of Gordon Brown, but in reality building his own power base and gave insufficient time or resource to defending his seat here in South Shields.
He was prepared to sacrifice many votes here, taking us for granted once more, in the knowledge that he’d win a larger prize after the defeat of the awful Gordon Brown who he served slavishly!
There is no guarantee that he will win the Labour leadership battle and many potential supporters will remember the two opportunities that he had to depose Brown in the past, he flunked and shrank away to the shadows of the Foreign Office again.