Daily Archives: September 27, 2010

Jim yesterday spotted the extraordinary number of spoiled ballots among the trade unions and affiliated organisations. More than 36,000 ballots were wasted — about 14.6 per cent of the votes cast in this section of the electoral college. The reason is that the voters simply failed to tick a box saying they supported Labour.

An absurd rule, I know. But did it make a difference? There was talk last night among some of the Ed Miliband camp suggesting this was an important factor. One aide claimed the campaign had managed to reduce the spoiled ballot rate in the unions backing their man. The ground campaign apparently handed out thousands of “how to vote” cards making clear that they vote wouldn’t count unless they ticked the box at the end. One Ed aide claimed the effort won them up to 6,000 extra votes. If true, it made a big difference to the result. Was it another Florida hanging-chad moment? Read more

Jim Pickard

Take a bow, Tessa Jowell, Blairite former Olympics minister. She put Mr Balls fifth behind Diane Abbott et al.

Incidentally there were rumours before the election that Jowell might not run for the shadow cabinet if David Miliband didn’t win; but apparently she still intends to put her name forward.