Tory MP Crispin Blunt’s political career is in the hands of his local members who will vote on whether to re-select him. The former Minister has not been automatically selected by his association in Reigate, Surrey – the equivalent of being handed a large brandy and loaded revolver. There is plenty of speculation about that he will take the revolver, though as it stands CCHQ are determined that he will stand and spinning hard that this is related to him coming out. Meanwhile the Tory Seat-for-Life that is Tonbridge and Malling will use a sort-of-open primary of all local voters to choose their next MP.
Down in Brighton for Labour conference and McBride was the talk of the town, although it was Iain Dale, his Smeargate foe turned publisher, who ended up becoming the story. Dale accepted a police caution after taking out a protester and wants everyone to know that he is very, very sorry. Labour conference saw the return of Red Ed and the Miliband’s very own Clause 4 moment – the big state is back and coming soon to a private industry near you. The fact that Neil Kinnock liked the speech should have been enough of a warning sign.
From Brighton we revealed Ed’s fine-stitching fit for a rapper though his tailor was not happy, the dirty money at Labour conference and that Red Len doesn’t like talking about his love child. Elsewhere Rolf was in the dock, the Romanians are coming and Boris is getting really, really bald. Also the UN tried to distance themselves from the Brazil Nut. Guido is off to Manchester for Tory Party Conference. He’s wondering if Richard Barnes will be there. Known as “Dick” to his friends, the former Deputy Mayor of London and current Tory councillor is the most overexposed politician in Britain this week.
One last request: Vote for Owen Jones!