JO Shaw, the Liberal Democrat hoping to make history by unseating long-serving Labour MP Frank Dobson, is going around calling herself a ‘Shadow MP’. Emily Thornberry’s opponent in Islington, Bridget Fox, is doing the same – although at least in her case she is fast becoming the bookie’s favourite. But what’s this made-up new title all about? Who’s heard of a ‘Shadow MP’? Not me. I can’t be the only one who thinks that comes across as a little bit of self-aggrandising before the main event of this year’s General Election. Voters in Holborn and St Pancras will be more interested in what the candidates – there’s a simple name for people running in an election – have to say, than what odd names they conjure up for themselves.
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