My ballot paper as a Party member for the Deputy Leadership election arrived yesterday, and because the Labour Party has embraced technology like the interweb, I didn’t have to rely on Royal Mail to put my ‘X’s in boxes.
Actually, you don’t put ‘X’s in boxes anyway, you put numbers of preference.
My votes were:
- 1 Jon Cruddas – naturally, I think he is the best of the candidates, and with a true vision of how to fulfil the role.
- 2 Peter Hain – Like Cruddas he has some interesting ideas on how to reconnect with the party, but there is something about him that I just can’t put my finger on.
- 3 Harriet Harman – A last minute promotion to 3rd, after some good performances in the hustings that I’ve seen. I don’t follow the logic that the post has to be filled by a woman, bt I think she is capable in her own right. I nearly put her above Hain.
- 4 Hilary Benn – If this was a vote for who to be in the Cabinet, he’d be my no. 1, but if anything the post of Deputy Leader would be a distraction. Given him the Foreign Office, Mr Brown.
- 5 Alan Johnson – reminds me too much of Prescott
Hazel Blears didn’t get even my 6th preference. Of course, it’s highly unlikely that my 5th or 6th preference will be needed anyway, I expect by then that Cruddas, Benn or Johnson will already have the 50% they need, or if not be in the front runners.