How did the shadow cabinet do in 2011?

4th January, 2012 11:30 am

Which shadow cabinet members are most popular with LabourList readers? Our latest shadow cabinet league table sees Tom Watson on top, which is perhaps unsurprising considering his elevation to the shadow cabinet in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. The three places directly below him are taken up by those we’ve labelled in the past as “the untouchables” – Burnham, Cooper and Balls – who remain consistently popular with Labour supporters. The understated but consistent Hilary Benn is in 5th, and two of Labour’s rising stars – Reeves and Umunna – find themselves comfortably in the top ten after just a few months.

There’s less comfortable reading for more established names at the bottom of our rankings, and it’s worth bearing in mind that shadow cabinet members ranked from 17th downwards have a net negative rating with LabourList readers – that means more of you have a negative opinion of them than a positive one.

1. Tom Watson
2. Andy Burnham
3. Yvette Cooper
4. Ed Balls
5. Hilary Benn
6. Chuka Umunna
7. Douglas Alexander
8. Rachel Reeves
9. Jim Murphy
10. Harriet Harman
11. Angela Eagle
12. Maria Eagle
13. Liz Kendall
14. Sadiq Khan
15. Peter Hain
16. Emily Thornberry
17. Vernon Coaker
18. Michael Dugher
19. Jon Trickett
20. Margaret Curran
21. Mary Creagh
22. Stephen Twigg
23. Caroline Flint
24. Tessa Jowell
25. Rosie Winterton
26. Liam Byrne
27. Ivan Lewis

Stay tuned to LabourList throughout the week for the rest of the results from our 2011 survey including the biggest event of the year for Labour (Tomorrow) and your Labour MP of the year (Friday).

743 people voted in our end of year survey between December 23rd and January 2nd – thanks to everyone who took part.

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  • Razvan Constantinescu

    Where is Emma Reynolds?  I would have expected that at these difficult times for the EU and our role in it the Shadow Europe Minister at least to figure in there.  And in view of her dedication and input I think she should be among the high ones.

  • Anonymous

    Lot of new labour types in those bottom  few.

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t the Blairites do the decent thing and join the Tory Party. That’s where their hearts lie.

    • Anonymous

      I doubt that even the Tory Party accepts obvious chancers and incompetents.

      • Anonymous

        hahahahahah  oh dear your  taking the pee, with Cameron’s cowboys and labours opposition we are doomed doomed I say doomed.

    • Anonymous

      They have it’s called Newer labour… they are at home.

  • Very pleased to see Andy and Tom top the table as well as Hilary and Rachel making the top 10. Would have liked to have seen Caroline Flint a bit higher, but overall I’d agree with much of the ranking.

    • Anonymous

      well of course somebody has to come top, does not mean very much does it just that they are the best of a worse bunch, sadly Flint is to high up for me but I bet your a New labour chap

    • Anonymous

      Caroline Flint. The woman who wanted unemployed people precluded from council housing. Another closet Tory – surprised she makes the list at all

  • Daniel Speight

    Interesting to see where Byrne is and that’s before his latest scandal.

    • John Ruddy

      I think Byrne is of the Millwall tendancy – “Nobody loves me and I dont care”.

  • Anonymous

    Ivan Lewis, do not despair. In next month’s LabourList Shadow Cabinet survey you WILL be more popular than Liam Byrne I guarantee. 

    • Anonymous

      Liam Byrne 26th?

      He’s got a great future behind him…..

      • Anonymous

        His future – like his hairline – isn’t what it used to be…

        • Anonymous

          Well, you know the old saying, Jeff – “hair today, gone tomorrow” 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Ed Balls is number 4?

    Amazing when he polls way below Osborne on economic credibility.

    Your voters clearly think otherwise…they are in a clear minority.

    On that basis I would  approach the above table with a very large degree of scepticism.

    • Redshift

      Given that this is a poll which probably consists mostly of Labour Party members, would you not expect a different view of their own shadow cabinet, than you would from the country at large?

      What exactly are you being sceptical about? 

  • Anonymous

    I’ve a feeling the New Labour cohort are getting ready to make a move, Miliband looks weak right now and the Blairites are getting ready, they know next year will be the only time they will be able to do this otherwise they could  ruin the chance of getting back into power.

    I have a feeling we are going to see the battle lines drawn

  • Very interesting. I would have thought that Stephen Twigg would have been a little more unpopular amongst activists. Always good to see Hilary Benn up there. Only bearable Labour figure in my books (other than Yvette!)

    • Daniel Speight

      I think we should be very careful of this Yvette is the one talk. It’s almost as if those who would have liked a David Miliband win now think that’s not possible so start to promote Cooper. (It’s hard to attack Ed Miliband as charisma-light and nerdy and push for his brother who is no better at the same time.) At the very least Cooper should be scrutinized carefully on her past record.

    • Redshift

      I don’t like Stephen Twigg politically and his comment on Free Schools was plain horrific but I tell you what, he doesn’t shy away from campaigning, which is at least quite refreshing to those burning their shoe leather every weekend. 

  • Anonymous

    Shadow Europe Minister isn’t a shadow cabinet position. It’s a junior role in the Foreign Affairs Team.

  • tom

    ConHome includes the ratings as well as just the rankings. Come on, LabourList… show us how unpopular Liam Byrne is.

  • Daniel Speight

    Tessa Jowell, a train crash waiting to happen. There’s just too much money needs explaining, and that’s before the £200,000 reported out-of-court settlement with News International. Does that include a gagging order? If so not many principles on show there.

    • Anonymous

      They could make a comedy series about Tessa and “colourful” hubby David Mills. It could be the Terry and June of the 21st century

      David: Just sign this paper before you go orf in the ministerial car, darling

      Tessa: Alright darling, anything you say –  hand me my Bic – the pen darlinmg, not the disposable razor


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