Thursday, 7 October 2010

Yvette or Ed?

Husband-and-wife team Yvette Cooper and Ed Balls came first and third in the poll for the shadow cabinet yesterday. But which of them will take the key role of Shadow Chancellor?

Ed Balls is a heavyweight political bruiser and has long experience in the Treasury as Gordon Brown's Deputy Chancellor. But I think Yvettte Cooper, has the forensic skills required to tackle the detail of Coalition Government spending plans and has better presentational skills. I would choose her, but I suspect that Ed Miliband will choose the other Ed, although he could make him shadow foreign secretary.

Jack Straw said yesterday that half a dozen of those elected would not be up to serving in the real Cabinet. Who could he mean? Perhaps the Eagle twins who have both been successful?

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