New research for the BBC's Daily Politics programme shows the majority of Labour councillors surveyed back David Miliband to be Labour leader.
Of the 265 Labour councillors in England and Wales contacted by ComRes, David Miliband received the largest level of first preference support, 88 councillors (33%), Ed Miliband came second with 69 (26%), Diane Abbott third with 55 (21%), Andy Burnham fourth with 33 (12%), with Ed Balls coming last with 20 (8%).
After second, third and fourth preferences were redistributed, David Miliband came first with 57%, Ed Miliband came second with 43%.
The survey was conducted for BBC2's Daily Politics programme by ComRes. We interviewed 265 Labour Councillors using online questionnaires between 23rd July and 10th August 2010. The panel of respondents were representative of all Labour Councillors across England and Wales and results are broken down by region and council type.