Printer Friendly


DAVID MILIBAND, EVENS Age: 44 Foreign Secretary, former adviser to Tony Blair.

Strength: Super-intelligent and grown in stature at the Foreign Office.

Weakness: Can be geeky and look silly with a banana. Chances: Front-runner but hampered by closeness to Blair.

ALAN JOHNSON, 7/1 Age 59 Home Secretary, former Health and Education Secretary, ex-postman and union leader. Strength: Brilliant communicator with common touch. Weakness: Messed up deputy leadership contest.

Chances: Seen as ideal person to be "caretaker" leader.

ED BALLS, 8/1 Age 43 Children's Secretary, former adviser to Gordon Brown. Strength: Tough and decisive. Weakness: Too much like his mentor Gordon Brown. Chances: Evens, but Balls suffers in the eyes of some for being considered as Gordon Brown Mark 2.

ED MILIBAND, 8/1 Age 40 Energy Secretary, former adviser to Gordon Brown. Strength: Better communicator than his brother and he has union support.

Weakness: Still seen as inexperienced. Chances: May not stand if his brother does.

HARRIET HARMAN, 12/1 Age 59 Labour deputy leader and equalities minister. Strength: Strong and experienced campaigner. Weakness: Admits she alienates many people, especially men. Chances: Deputy leadership contest shows she cannot be written off.

ANDY BURNHAM, 16/1 Age 40 Health Secretary and former special adviser.

Strength: Telegenic with strong Labour background. Weakness: Needs to show more gravitas.

Chances: Could come through middle if David Miliband and Ed Balls split vote.

JON CRUDDAS, 16/1 Age 48 Son of a sailor, former university lecturer and adviser to Tony Blair.

Strength: Bright and personable.

Weakness: Untested as he ducked chance to serve in Government. Chances: Outside bet, seen as YVETTE COOPER, 33/1 Age: 41 Work and Pensions Secretary, former journalist. Strength: Highly regarded as very capable Secretary of State. Weakness: Has not shown appetite for top job.

Chances: Good bet but may not run against husband Ed Balls.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2010 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 10, 2010
Previous Article:SUN.
Next Article:How YOU would be condemned by the Con-Dems; ELECTION 2010 THE POLICIES.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters