Sebastian Payne

The 48 welfare rebels demonstrate the ‘Miliband effect’ on the Labour party

The 48 welfare rebels demonstrate the 'Miliband effect' on the Labour party
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One in five members of the Parliamentary Labour Party voted against the party whip last night. Although the second reading of the government's Welfare Bill passed, it shows that the party is divided. I've been through the list of the 48 rebels are there are two trends amongst the rebels: many nominated Jeremy Corbyn for leader and the majority entered Parliament in the last few years.

In the leadership contest, 18 of the rebels backed Corbyn for leader, compared to 15 for Andy Burnham, nine for Yvette Cooper and just one Liz Kendall supporter. Five of the rebels didn't back anyone. Burnham is clearly spooked by this, judging by a statement posted on his Facebook page about how 'we cannot simply abstain on a Bill', despite abstaining on the vote last night:

'Whilst we may have lost the vote tonight, that doesn’t mean the battle has to be over. Tonight I am firing the starting gun on Labour's opposition to this Bill. If I am elected leader in September, I am determined that Labour will fight this regressive Bill word by word, line by line.'

But what is most significant is how many of the rebels are newer members of the Commons. 21 of the Labour MPs who voted against the bill entered the Commons either at the 2015 election or through by-elections preceding it. 18 alone were elected at the most recent general election. The 2010, 2005 and 1997 intakes all brought in roughly half a dozen rebels, while nine came from elections before that -- notably including Jeremy Corbyn in 1983, the only leadership candidate to break the party whip.

This shows what might be termed the 'Miliband effect' on the Labour Party -- something that could turn out to be his most damaging legacy. By encouraging a more left-wing cohort to join the parliamentary Labour Party, his term as leader has made the task of holding the party together for his successor much harder.

David Blunkett, the former home secretary, said on the Today programme this morning that Labour is in 'emotional trauma' and it is a party 'divided, bewildered what to do next.' The makeup of the rebels who went against the party whip last night proves his point.

 Rebel MPs

Year first elected

Leadership candidate

Richard Burgon

2015

Jeremy Corbyn

Peter Dowd

2015

Andy Burnham

Margaret Greenwood

2015

Andy Burnham

Louise Haigh

2015

Jeremy Corbyn

Carolyn Harris

2015

Andy Burnham

Sue Hayman

2015

Yvette Cooper

Imran Hussain

2015

Jeremy Corbyn

Gerald Jones

2015

Andy Burnham

Clive Lewis

2015

Jeremy Corbyn

Rebecca Long Bailey

2015

Jeremy Corbyn

Rachael Maskell

2015

Andy Burnham

Kate Osamor

2015

Jeremy Corbyn

Marie Rimmer

2015

Yvette Cooper

Paula Sherriff

2015

Yvette Cooper

Tulip Siddiq

2015

Jeremy Corbyn

Cat Smith

2015

Jeremy Corbyn

Jo Stevens

2015

Andy Burnham

Daniel Zeichner

2015

Yvette Cooper

Liz McInnes

2014

Andy Burnham

Andy McDonald

2012

Andy Burnham

Debbie Abrahams

2011

Andy Burnham

Dawn Butler

2010

Jeremy Corbyn

Mary Glindon

2010

Andy Burnham

Ian Lavery

2010

Andy Burnham

Ian Mearns

2010

Andy Burnham

Grahame Morris

2010

Jeremy Corbyn

Teresa Pearce

2010

Andy Burnham

David Anderson

2005

Andy Burnham

Helen Goodman

2005

Yvette Cooper

Sadiq Khan

2005

Jeremy Corbyn

Madeleine Moon

2005

Yvette Cooper

Iain Wright

2004

Andy Burnham

Rob Marris

2001

N/A

David Lammy

2000

Jeremy Corbyn

Geraint Davies

1997

Yvette Cooper

Helen Jones

1997

Yvette Cooper

John McDonnell

1997

Jeremy Corbyn

Graham Stringer

1997

N/A

Kelvin Hopkins (Teller)

1997

Jeremy Corbyn

Roger Godsiff

1992

N/A

Diane Abbott

1987

Jeremy Corbyn

Paul Flynn

1987

Liz Kendall

Ann Clywd

1984

Yvette Cooper

Jeremy Corbyn

1983

Jeremy Corbyn

Sir Gerald Kaufman

1970

N/A

Michael Meacher

1970

Jeremy Corbyn

Dennis Skinner

1970

Jeremy Corbyn

David Winnick

1966

N/A