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It was he who most fully grasped how to win a contest fought using the alternative vote system: the absolute priority, he realised, was for the younger Miliband to secure second and third preferences. What mattered most were not the 34.33 per cent of party and union voters who believed fervently in Ed as Labour's best hope, and opted for him in the first round. The key was to make sure that everyone else - or at least enough of them - quite liked the younger Miliband, or even just liked him a bit, so that, by the fourth round, when Diane Abbott, Andy Burnham and Ed Balls had been eliminated, he was able to edge decisively ahead of his brother. If Wood's campaign is a model for future Labour leadership contenders, it is also a terrible warning to the rest of us.