David Miliband tops Labour leader donations list

Diane Abbott, Ed Balls, Andy Burnham, David Miliband, Ed Miliband

David Miliband has received far more in donations than his rivals to be Labour leader, according to Electoral Commission figures.

During June, he received £185,000 from donors including Lord Puttnam, Lord David Sainsbury and ex-Blur drummer Dave Rowntree.

Ed Balls received £28,419 from Ken Follett, husband of ex-Labour minister Barbara Follett, and John Spellar.

Ed Miliband received a total of £15,000 in cash from five donors.

The other two candidates to succeed Gordon Brown, Andy Burnham and Diane Abbott, did not declare any donations.

The vote is broken down into three sections, known as an electoral college. Labour MPs and MEPs, party members and members of affiliate organisations such as unions are all balloted individually and the results from the separate categories each make up a third of the final result.

The winner of the contest will be announced at the party's annual conference in September.

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