Yvette Cooper tops the charts

// 7 October 2010

Following on from my last post listing all the candidates running for Labour’s Shadow Cabinet, the votes are now in (via the BBC).

Yvette Cooper MP came in with the highest votes. Eight women in total were voted in within the 19 that were chosen by Labour MPs to form the new Shadow Cabinet, which is just over 42%. This is, thankfully, more than the required minimum that was set, 31.5% or six in total, but less than the 50% Harriet Harman had called for in June.

Will be interesting to see which portfolios are given to the women by Ed Miliband over the next day or so.

Just a reminder that Harriet Harman MP will also be part of the Shadow Cabinet through her role as Deputy Leader, as will several others including Ed Miliband, Rosie Winterton, Tony Lloyd, Lady Royall and Lord Bassam (via the Guardian).

The new cabinet members listed by votes are:

Yvette Cooper – 232 votes

John Healey – 192 votes

Ed Balls – 179 votes

Andy Burnham – 165 votes

Angela Eagle – 165 votes

Alan Johnson – 163 votes

Douglas Alexander – 160 votes

Jim Murphy – 160 votes

Tessa Jowell – 152 votes

Caroline Flint – 139 votes

John Denham – 129 votes

Hilary Benn – 128 votes

Sadiq Khan – 128 votes

Mary Creagh – 119 votes

Ann McKechin – 117 votes

Maria Eagle – 107 votes

Meg Hillier – 106 votes

Ivan Lewis – 104 votes

Liam Byrne – 100 votes

Comments From You

maggie // Posted 8 October 2010 at 10:50 am

Great news! Labour Women’s Network were right to insist on percentages for women. There are certainly sniffy noises regarding this but just because the gender is male doesn’t mean this is best.

I hope many more women are elected in the forthcoming council elections and that the next general election sees a further rise.

This is a good result for women of every political hue. No going back now.

SK // Posted 8 October 2010 at 4:39 pm

Disappointed not to see Yvette as Shadow Chancellor. She would have made mincemeat of the boy Osborne.

Lorna Gregory // Posted 9 October 2010 at 12:07 pm

Has anyone noticed how the news papers keep on refering to Yvette Cooper as “Mrs Balls”. It’s really annoying me.

A J // Posted 11 October 2010 at 2:51 am

Ah, but how different things might have been if Yvette Cooper had actually decided to run for leader…!

You can have all the junior cabinet positions you want. I’m not sure if that achieves much or not. But actually having a female leader – that really would have been something.

Kez // Posted 11 October 2010 at 10:28 am

Even the Guardian keeps referring to her as “Ed Balls’ wife, Yvette Cooper”. Strangely enough it never seems to be the other way round.

Lorna Gregory // Posted 11 October 2010 at 5:45 pm

I kind of expect it from the Mail etc. I can’t remember a Mail article that I haven’t found offensive. But it was actually seeing it on the newstatesman blog that got me really annoyed.


Then I noticed it in the independent:


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