Cunliffe new Labour leader: the numbers

David Cunliffe is the new Labour leader and hopefully the next prime minister.

Cunliffe won with 51.15% per cent of first preferences across caucus, members and affiliates. Robertson got 32.97% and Jones 15.88%.

Since Cunliffe already had a majority in the first round, run-off voting wasn’t triggered (if it had been, about 2/3 of Jones’ votes would have gone to Cunliffe – see below).

The Standard and The Daily Blog are stoked.

The numbers

(These numbers from Labour’s press release. The Herald and Martyn Bradbury have it wrong for the breakdown – they’ve misread the admittedly confusing press release, so they’re incorrectly reporting the second round instead of the first for the breakdown.  UPDATE 16/09/2013 – They’ve both corrected it).

David Cunliffe
11 MPs
60.14% of members
70.77% of affiliates
Total vote 51.15%

Grant Robertson
16 MPs
26.71% of members
17.30% of affiliates
Total vote 32.97%

Shane Jones
7 MPs
“13 per cent” of members
11.92% of affiliates
Total vote 15.88%

(IF A SECOND ROUND HAD BEEN TRIGGERED:

Cunliffe: 16 MPs, 67.79% of members, 78.01% of affiliates. Total vote 61.53%
Robertson: 18 MPs, 32.21% of members, 21.99% of affiliates. Total vote 38.47%)

Where to now?

The next job will be reshuffling the shadow cabinet – not sure if this is still entirely the leader’s decision? I think Robertson and Jones should be given high-ranking positions, and the rest of the top 20 should mostly be filled with people from the third and second factions listed here.

My thoughts

For my opinions on all this see my last blog.

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