'Interesting' piece in this week's Private Eye concerning the possible consequences of the by-election post-September 30:
"DOWNING Street adviser and former Mandelson helper Patrick Diamond failed to make the shortlist for the Hartlepool Labour nomination as party bigwigs felt his metropolitan links and lack of experience might put off the voters. One local councillor even described him as "wet behind the ears".
But Diamond may still harbour designs on the seat, especially if Ian Wright [sic.] falls victim to a Liberal Democrat surge later this month. As he told the Journal newspaper: "I have decided that I would not be seeking the selection - on this occasion.""
Labour Conference should be 'interesting' this year too then. But as is the practice, I must not comment beyond that.