As James notes, it's a peculiar tactic as Abbott will cause no end of trouble for the ‘serious’ contenders for the ultimate prize. Needless to say, David Miliband, that auteur of absurdity, planted the banana skin. Attempting to be magnanimous but excelling in pomposity, he has voted for Abbot and urges all to do the same. My hunch is that there are many on the right of the party who will resent this move and conclude, finally, that David Miliband is not a leader. Paul Richards, former SpAd to Hazel Blears, has tweeted:
‘Some of us spent decades fighting the hard left. Now our MPs are falling over themselves to get the Campaign Group on the ballot. Crazy.’
I’ve long thought that Andy Burnham - a mix of right, left and eye lashes - is the dark horse in this race. Now that he’s on ballot paper, that inkling will be tested.