Shadow cabinet rankings: Eagle soars to top of the tree

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Angela Eagle has overtaken John McDonnell in LabourList’s shadow cabinet rankings following another impressive performance at Prime Minister’s Questions.

Eagle, who previously finished first in October, won with a score of 3.69 on our 1 to 5 scale. This is the second highest winning score recently. McDonnell won with 3.85 in last month’s rankings but this was an unusually high result.

Eagle, the shadow Business Secretary, has attracted praise for a calm performance at PMQs at the end of last month, looking like a stateswoman and landing blows on the Conservatives. She is the only woman in the top five-rated politicians.

She was given the full 5/5 score by 31 per cent of readers. Notably, her ranks are less polarised than previous winner McDonnell, who has dipped to second place. McDonnell was given the top score by an impressive 48 per cent of readers, but was awarded 1/5 by another 20 per cent of them. Eagle, by comparison, was only awarded 1/5 by 6 per cent of those who responded.

Core shadow Cabinet supporters of Jeremy Corbyn tend to attract the largest amount of 1/5 scores, even if their overall score is more balance. Emily Thornberry and Diane Abbott were awarded the lowest mark by 21 per cent and 35 per cent of readers respectively.

Abbott, the shadow International Development Secretary, finished 25th in the ranking, which is notable for being five places behind colleague Jon Trickett. Over the past month the pair have been in comparable positions responding in the media to local election results and both are close allies of Corbyn. The gap between the two implies other criteria are more important for final scores – for example the portfolio they hold or people’s judgements of their characters.

This biggest change since last month comes from Andy Burnham, who has jumped eight places in the rankings. His score this month is 3.18, up from 2.92. The shadow Home Secretary has recently attracted attention for announcing his intention to become Labour’s candidate for Manchester Mayor.

You can see the full results here:

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Angela Eagle 3.69
John McDonnell MP 3.62
Tom Watson MP 3.25
Owen Smith MP 3.21
Andy Burnham MP 3.18
Heidi Alexander MP 3.17
Lisa Nandy MP 3.15
Hilary Benn MP 3.11
Chris Bryant MP 3.08
Gloria De Piero MP 3.06
John Healey MP 3.03
Luciana Berger MP 3.01
Maria Eagle MP 2.94
Lucy Powell MP 2.9
Emily Thornberry MP 2.89
Seema Malhotra MP 2.83
Rosie Winterton MP 2.82
Kate Green MP 2.78
Lord Falconer of Thoroton 2.76
Jon Trickett MP 2.75
Jonathan Ashworth MP 2.74
Baroness Smith of Basildon 2.74
Vernon Coaker MP 2.71
Lilian Greenwood MP 2.65
Diane Abbott MP 2.64
Ian Murray MP 2.6
Lord Bassam of Brighton 2.6
Karl Turner MP 2.6
Kerry McCarthy MP 2.56
Nia Griffith MP 2.55

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