Mayoral campaign veterans, the Lords Heseltine and Adonis were banging the drum as enthusiastically as ever during this afternoon’s debate staged by the Institute for Government when the Twitter-fed rumour mill announced Liam Byrne was stepping forward as a candidate.
Labour hopefuls Sir Albert Bore and Gisela Stuart were seen deep in conversation on the fringes of the event, their furrowed brows indicating something was afoot.
Then Political blogger Guido Fawkes and Channel 4 political correspondent Michael Crick gave the rumours currency, and then Byrne’s Wikipedia page was updated to record his ‘resignation from the shadow cabinet’ to fight for the Labour nomination.
All this fits in with speculation that has become increasingly intense over the past two weeks concerning the Hodge Hill MP’s intentions.
The big question now is what it does for the dynamics at play within the Labour Party. My money is on Sir Albert Bore stepping aside to become Liam’s running mate. Gisela may even find her antipathy to Sion Simon outweighs her desire to be mayor and throws her hat into an ‘anyone but Sion’ alliance.
- Sion Simon camp ‘unfazed’ by Byrne mayoral bid (thechamberlainfiles.wordpress.com)
- End of the phony mayoral war? Gloves come off as Gisela questions Sion’s tactics (thechamberlainfiles.wordpress.com)
- The 4,000 Labour Party members who will choose Brum’s first elected mayor (thechamberlainfiles.wordpress.com)