What does an ambitious young chap do when a sitting Labour Party MP in a convenient parliamentary seat just refused to step down? Well, reading between the lines of BBC 2 Newsnight political editor Michael Crick's blog (down page) the seat engineers just go and find another one. Will it be Selection in the spotlight: Nottingham East before long? And will the Labour Party Special Selection Panel even bother to give the members of Nottingham East a vote? According to Michael Crick the eager MP wannabee is none other than Jonathan Ashworth, deputy political secretary to the Prime Minister.
The last time I blogged about selections in that part of the world, I received a text message on 1 March from the self same JA complaining as follows:
I see you make a coded reference to me in your blog. Again perhaps you might have got in touch before posting.
To which I replied:
Why? A public statement from yourself ruling yourself out of consideration for any selection now would IMHO be the best possible contribution you could make to Labour's election campaign. Ditto any other member of No.10 staff, Labour Party staff or NEC.
That remains my view. What do you think?