really!) pipped his elder sibling at the post, "thanks in large part to a strong vote from the unions" and despite not getting the most votes from Labour MPs, nor MEPs nor most votes of Labour members. Remember, in the grubby game, all votes are equal but some are more equal than others.
Update: Cranmer puts it beautifully:
"David Miliband lost this election not because he was less popular amongst his political colleagues or ordinary party members, but because of Labour's grossly distorted electoral college and the vicissitudes of AV."