Or should that be stand down?
There was a gathering of Labour people in Manchester. No MPs present, though at least five wannabe PPCs and one former MEP were spied, plus a member of Labour's NEC. The word "treachery" was used by several of those present. And in a not entirely unconnected context the Rt Hoon Hazel Blears MP was mentioned time and time again.
One respected speaker, welcoming Gordon Brown's commitment to cleaning up parliament, added the following:
"If Hazel Blears is still a candidate at the next election ... we have not cleaned up politics"
In Manchester our vote share versus 2004 fell by just 2.4%, while the Lib Dem vote drooped by more than twice that at -4.9%, and the Greens beat the Tories into fourth. Although the BNP have been active in a number of wards they had their 8th worst result of ten authorities in Greater Manchester. Salford was their second best, behind Tameside.
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