Ben Bradshaw’s failure to make the shadow cabinet is not such a surprise, despite his manifest talents; he didn’t have enough support on the left of the party. More of a shocker is Peter Hain, former Welsh secretary, not reaching the final 19 (by a whisker) despite having been deputy chair of Ed Miliband’s election campaign.
Hain missed out by just three votes while Thornberry fell short by just one. As for who came in the last three, they were Mike Gapes at 12 votes, Alun Michael at 11 and Eric Joyce with just 10.
Meanwhile it is a shame for the Labour party that Pat McFadden did not get into the shadow cabinet; I can only see three “Blairites” among the final list – Jim Murphy, Tessa Jowell and (arguably) Liam Byrne.
UPDATE: See who’s who in the shadow cabinet in our interactive graphic