THIS time next week we will know, at last, who will be stepping into Frank Dobson’s clogs. As selection contest fatigue sets in, there is one local constituent and member who might just want the whole thing to hurry past as quickly as possible. With former chief prosecutor Sir Keir Starmer built up as the apparent leadership-preferred candidate with the odd mention as such in the diary pages of the nationals and on Guido, the field is ripe for a snide headline whatever the result. This can be spun as either he has no control over his party, or he has too much.
If SKS wins, there may be nudge-nudge, wink-wink, no surprises there then, how on earth did that happen innuendo to deal with from the normal quarters…
And if SKS loses, Ed M may be told the result equates to a revolt of feisty rank and file members who are no longer listening to what his weak leadership says… members, who he would no doubt be reminded, just happen to live around him in the same north London neighbourhood.
For clarity, Ed M has said – and you wouldn’t expect him to take any other approach – that he will not say who his first candidate would be for Holborn and St Pancras.