At the meeting on the 23rd July the Broxbourne Constituency Labour Party voted to nominate Yvette Cooper in the Labour Leadership Leadership Election.
The vote followed a discussion which was candid but always open and inclusive. There were two strong strands of opinion which were ultimately reflected in the voting. One was that the Labour Party should elect a leader who stood for core labour principles and would not take the party to the right and the other emphasised the need for a leader who was the most likely to be elected as Prime Minister. Many of the points made showed a level of perception and an understanding of the challenges faced by the country and the Labour Party which you would struggle to find in the tabloid press coverage of this election debate.
The vote was taken using the Single Transferable Vote and the First Round saw Jeremy Corbyn receiving 9 votes, Yvette Cooper 8 and Andy Burnham 7. The closeness of this round meant that it went to a Second Round with Yvette Cooper gaining 12 votes against Jeremy Corbyn’s 9. This put Yvette Cooper in first place overall.
The vote to nominate the Deputy Leader was not as close with Tom Watson receiving 17 votes, Caroline Flint 2, Ben Bradshaw 2 and Stella Creasey.
These votes can be seen as indicative of levels of support but they will not actually be contribute to votes cast the election itself and individual members are, of course, free to vote for whoever they wish.