Ed Miliband Set To Win Labour Leadership

The results of Labour’s leadership election will be known officially at 4.30pm on Saturday 25th September, as delegates to the party conference assemble in Manchester, Northern England.  The contest has been tightly – and expensively – fought, with little serious political debate in a party that lost its ideological bearings over a decade ago.


The two front runners, brothers David and Ed Miliband, are reported in much of the British media to be facing a knife edge result. The bulk of the political and media establishment have for most of the past four months been predicting that David Miliband will win handsomely, ably assisted by various figures from the Blairite wing of the Labour Party claiming that David is the brother most feared by the governing Conservatives. In fact a number of senior Conservatives would prefer David Miliband to be elected Labour leader because there is not a great deal that distinguishes him from them, and he will pose less of a threat.

The media establishment have devoted a good deal of space to the Labour leadership campaign without actually reporting or debating any of the issues in any depth. There have been periodic polls, which have largely been inconclusive, because the pollsters don’t know who to poll and don’t understand the somewhat byzantine voting rules of the party.

Supporters of David’s younger brother Ed have argued that he will win because of second and third preference votes from all other candidates going over to him.

However, it is clear that Ed Miliband is not only winning on second and third preferences, but according to well placed insiders is emerging with the most first preference votes – putting him on course to be the next leader of the Labour Party by Saturday evening.

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

Think you’re bad at math? You may suffer from ‘math trauma’

Even some teachers suffer from anxiety about math.

Image credit: Getty Images
Mind & Brain

I teach people how to teach math, and I've been working in this field for 30 years. Across those decades, I've met many people who suffer from varying degrees of math trauma – a form of debilitating mental shutdown when it comes to doing mathematics.

Keep reading Show less

A world map of Virgin Mary apparitions

She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.

Strange Maps
  • For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
  • These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
  • Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Keep reading Show less

How KGB founder Iron Felix justified terror and mass executions

The legacy of Felix Dzerzhinsky, who led Soviet secret police in the "Red Terror," still confounds Russia.

Getty Images
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Felix Dzerzhinsky led the Cheka, Soviet Union's first secret police.
  • The Cheka was infamous for executing thousands during the Red Terror of 1918.
  • The Cheka later became the KGB, the spy organization where Russia's President Putin served for years.
Keep reading Show less