Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Is Clare Short going?

Much speculation over the last 24hrs since The Daily published their story of Clare Short discussing her retirement from Parliament at the next election.
I'm surprised that she has not commented further yet, as Clare is not one to shy away from being the story.
As has been commented on elsewhere, the LibDems recorded the second best result in the country in terms of swing and increase in votes. Given that Brent East was at the top of this ranking, a creditable performance!
Politics in Ladywood constituency is very "interesting". It includes the ward of Aston where there was wholesale postal vote fraud in 2004 committed by Labour candidates. The 2004 result was overturned through an elections court, with the LibDems winning the subsequent election.
I hear reports that there are several factions within the CLP, so selecting a new parliamentary candidate could be quite divisive. My tip would be on the saintly Dr Jones MP jumping from Selly Oak to Ladywood. With the current 3 seats of Sparkbrook, Hall Green and Selly Oak being reduced to just two, one sitting Labour MP has to lose out on defending a seat. With there being no pay off for retiring MPs, it makes sense to stand somewhere else (losing MPs do get a pay off though). But will the control freaks that are the Lab WM region let someone as outspoken and rebellious as Lynne Jones (who has previously hinted at standing against Brown if noone else did) head up an all women shortlist?

2 Comments:

At 7:43 pm, Blogger Peter Pigeon said...

I thought that no defending rule had been changed after a Labour MP went to fight a Devon seat.

 
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