More on David for shadow chancellor
Ed Miliband is desperately keen his brother accepts the job of shadow chancellor. As I reported earlier Ed Miliband plans to offer his brother the job in next few days.
"He must accept it," one of Ed Miliband's senior advisers told me tonight. "He has to accept it."
Otherwise the Ed Miliband team know their choices for shadow chancellor are very limited - especially given the nature of today's result.
The other option would be Ed Balls. But that would entail a significant shift in economic policy - to the Left.
And today's result, effectively decided by the unions, against the wishes of Labour MPs and members, means that Ed Miliband will have to shift to the Right, and away from the unions, to answer Conservative tants of 'Red Ed', a poodle of the unions.
"It's a desperately complex knot," said my source.
There was speculation that the shadow chancellor job might go to Yvette Cooper, Ed Balls' wife.
But many might perceive that as almost the same as appointing Balls himself.
Alan Johnson may not want the job, and many think he would not have the economic credentials to match George Osborne.
Another possible option, Liam Byrne, might not win election to the shadow Cabinet given the huge number of candidates who plan to stand.