Result emphatic in clean poll vote
The final results of a 3-day SKWAWKBOX poll of Labour members give an overwhelming lead to North-West Durham MP and Shadow Labour Minister Laura Pidcock. More than two-thirds of members who voted selected the straight-talking Pidcock as their preferred deputy leader to replace the recently-AWOL Tom Watson, with Rebecca Long Bailey some distance ahead of other tipped candidates in second place.
Almost six thousand self-declared members took part in the poll, which showed the candidates in randomised order and which used cookies to block attempts to vote twice from the same device:
A small number of IP addresses voted more than once, in line with expectations of more than one Labour member living at some addresses. Multiple votes represented 6.62% of the total.
Ms Pidcock told the SKWAWKBOX earlier this month, when asked about her popularity as a potential next deputy leader, that “I don’t want to do that and I don’t want to disappoint people… I get dead embarrassed about stuff like this“.
It seems Labour members are not dissuaded.
As many poll respondents commented on social media, the poll presented a tough choice between outstanding Labour MPs.
Laura Pidcock may not want to be deputy leader – though that’s anything but a disqualifier – but few would doubt that any of the four MPs above would deservingly trounce incumbent Tom Watson if he had the character and courage to test his mandate.
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