By Jonathan Isaby
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According to The Guardian, the reasons for the move – which would have to be the subject of a secret ballot of Labour MPs and endorsed by the party's autumn conference – are as follows:
Aides said he had taken the step to end the distraction of elections and to make his top team focus on the task of holding the government to account. They believe repeated internal elections make some shadow cabinet members as concerned by their popularity among their colleagues as with their impact on the general public.
One spokesman said: "Elections were a legacy from our previous time in opposition and it is a sign that Ed does not want the party to be dragged back to the 80s."
As I noted, only five of the 19 elected shadow cabinet members as voted in by Labour MPs backed Ed Miliband for the Labour leadership last year. Ten backed his brother, David.
And lest we forget, if the ballot for the Labour leadership had taken place among MPs alone, David Miliband would now be at the helm of his party, rather than his younger brother.
So it's little wonder that Ed doesn't trust their judgement.