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25 September 2010

Ed Miliband elected Labour leader

The younger Miliband wins with 50.65 per cent of the vote.

By George Eaton

It’s over. Ed Miliband has just been elected Labour’s new leader with 50.65 per cent of the vote — the tightest result since Tony Benn and Denis Healey in 1981. It’s a great moment for progressive politics and a huge achievement for Ed, whose impressive and energetic campaign allowed him to come from behind to win.

The New Statesman was one of the few mainstream publications to endorse Ed’s leadership bid and we’re delighted at his success. Labour now has a chance to renew itself under a progressive and unambiguously social-democratic leader.

For those who missed it, here’s the result in full:

First round

Diane Abbott: 7.4%,

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Ed Balls: 11.8%.

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Andy Burnham: 8.7%.

David Miliband: 37.8%.

Ed Miliband: 34.3%.

(Abbott eliminated)

Second round

Ed Balls: 13.2%

Andy Burnham: 10.4%

David Miliband: 38.9%

Ed Miliband: 37.5%

(Burnham eliminated)

Third round

Ed Balls: 16%

David Miliband: 42.7%

Ed Miliband: 41.3%

(Balls eliminated)

Fourth round

David Miliband: 49.35%

Ed Miliband: 50.65%

(Ed Miliband elected)