MORE bad news for Luciana Berger tonight as trade unionist turned actor Ricky Tomlinson, outraged of Wavertree, revealed plans to stand against her in Liverpool at the General Election. At what point does she think: I wish I was still knocking on doors at Levita House? (Remember, a couple of weeks ago she was still the Labour candidate in Somers Town and St Pancras and thinking about four years on the green benches of Camden Town Hall, even though she had upped sticks to Merseyside).
Southern carpet-bagger. That’s what some of the Jim Royle locals have been saying. In Ricky’s words: “People say … you could be letting the Tories in. But there is no difference between the Conservatives and new Labour.”
Whether you think this is all getting a bit hard on Luciana or not – she was bashed for not knowing who Bill Shankly was – who could deny it wouldn’t be quite fun to see Tomlinson taking a seat in the Commons? And if you’ve heard him speak at public meetings away from TV and the stage, you’ll know he doesn’t need to just resort to bellowing ‘My Arse’ to turn heads. Luciana would find him a formidable opponent.