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Final push for Milibands in leadership contest

PUBLISHED: 13:04 01 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:06 07 September 2010

LABOUR party members across the country will be voting this month for their next party leader after millions of ballot papers were sent out today. Primrose Hill resident David Miliband is the frontrunner in the contest to succeed Gordon Brown while younge

LABOUR party members across the country will be voting this month for their next party leader after millions of ballot papers were sent out today.

Primrose Hill resident David Miliband is the frontrunner in the contest to succeed Gordon Brown while younger brother Ed, who lives in Dartmouth Park, is a close second.

Rivalry between the siblings has dominated the run-up to the vote with party heavyweights joining both sides of the family.

David Miliband's campaign was given a boost this week with support from the party's most vocal newspaper backer - the Daily Mirror - while Ed Miliband has the support of the unions

Both have said they will serve in under each other if the other wins and have said they will not let the contest get in the way of family.

The other candidates battling to lead the party are Ed Balls, Andy Burnham and Diane Abbott. The result will be announced a day before the party conference which starts on September 26 in Manchester.

London Labour party members are also gearing up to vote for their candidate for the capital's 2012 Mayoral elections.

Former Mayor Ken Livingstone and ex-Bethnal Green MP Oona King are the duo in the running for a chance to fight Boris Johnson in the 2012 elections.

The results of the vote, which will be decided by London party members and members of affiliated organisations, will be announced on September 24.


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