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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.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 10, 2010
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