A no of fellow Labour bloggers have mentioned who they would like to see as Deputy Leader (see here and here for example).
I would ideally like it to be a woman, but at the moment there doesn't seem to be anyone in the higher echelons in the Party who I think I would like to see in the role. The much maligned and misunderstood Ruth Kelly perhaps, although her track record is not impressive in some areas and she is not popular either.
So who out of the men would make a good deputy? Well apart from the title of this blog piece being a giveaway, I do like the idea of it being Peter Hain. I like Jon Cruddas, but I am not sure about the role of Deputy being distinct from that of a cabinet post. Alan Johnson I don't know much about, but of course there is Hilary Benn.
Why Hilary? Well he has been rather good at DfID, working hard to achieve those millenium development goals. He has a lot of experience at grassroots and local government level, he has good contacts, and has been involved in the running of three government departments. Like his father (although father and son are from different wings of the Party), he is charming, polite, sociable and thoughtful. Respecting those who hold different views to his own. He is also down-to-earth and the only sitting cabinet minister I have met who I have dared to address by his first name (that shows just what a friendly and approachable guy he is!)
So if Hilary stands for Deputy, then I will support him!