Ed Miliband – The Labour Party Leadership Tales

Ed Miliband – The Labour Party Leadership Tales

The Election of Leadership

In 2010 when Gordon Brown decided to resign as the Leader of Labour Party as well as the Prime Minister when the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition government came out. This led to an empty spot which was temporarily filled up by Harriet Harman as Acting Leader as well as the opposition leader. Then, Ed Miliband expressed his wish to stand in the upcoming elections for the leader of Labour Party. His captivating speech of the campaign launch got about 62 votes from the Labour Party’s MPs. Another shocking news was, that in these elections, Ed was opposing his sibling David Miliband in addition to many other candidates including Diane Abbott, Ed Balls, and Andy Burnham.

People parted their ways so as to support the favorite candidates, where Neil Kinnock positively endorsed his personality and campaign, as well as Ed, had support from Tony Benn, Roy Hattersley, and Margaret Beckett as well. He started to win over majorities in short time span and finally, he won the elections. He got victory over his brother by 1.3% votes only. His final count totaled to about 175,519 whereas David had a total of 147,220 votes in the elections for leadership held in 2010. This created a clash between the siblings as well as their family and David decided to leave the British politics in result to avoid any political wars or rivalry between siblings.

The Opposition Leader

As Ed Miliband got elected for the position of Leader of the reputed Labour Party, he was also responsible as the opposition leader for the crown. One more achievement of Ed was to be the first ever Labour party leader at the age of 40. Ed was against Gaddafi, the military intervention sent to Libya in 2011 by supporting UK’s military operations. Ed during his tenure also protested against the cuts appointed by the authorities in public spendings due to which he was largely criticized.

The poll received in 2011 had better ratings for the labor party against the conservative party which was a good thing. However, his own personal ratings as a leader were lesser as compared to the opposing party and Ed Miliband was not considered popular within the first year of his leadership. But it was analyzed that however lower his personal ratings were, they were still better than the polls of 2006 David Cameron who led conservative party.

Shadow cabinet

In the time being when Ed was the leader of the Labour party, the first election for the shadow cabinet was held in 2010. Then Ed’s elder brother David Miliband announced that he will not be standing in the elections because of avoiding the constant comparisons between him and his brother and to ensure no political rivalry is created among the siblings. The candidates for the leadership of Labour party stood in the shadow cabinet elections, two out of three were selected in the shadow cabinet that year. Ed Miliband took the initiative to change old school rules of arranging elections for the shadow cabinet every two years. He won the decision with s heavy majority that the Labour party would determine the legacy by appointing the shadow members merely by the approval of leader of the Labour Party.

Local and European Elections

During the local elections held in 2011, it was generalized that Miliband’s Labour party was comparatively less famous in the southern regions of Britain than the northern regions. The results from northern regions were beyond satisfactory and The Labour Party captured many seats in Wales, Sheffield, Liverpool, and Manchester. However, it was challenging for him in Scotland and southern England. Ed claimed that they will learn a lesson from the difficult losses in Scotland.

The General Elections of 2015

The general elections were held in May 2015, after two months of dissolving the Parliament of United Kingdom at the time. Then Ed Miliband introduced his perspective for this political campaign as having an objective of attracting people for businesses. He emphasized that electing Labour \party could be the only option of the public wants a better position in Europeon Union. People really liked the concept offully funded programs offered to promote business projects and his audience was growing as Milifandom on the social media campaigns. Miliband was so enthusiastic he wanted a one on one debate with David Cameron, his opponent on television but sadly that never happended. However strong the message and fandom became, The Labour party still lost the elections badly, after which Ed Miliband decided to resign from the position of Leader of Labour Party.

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