With only Lembit left backing him, Oaten has been frantically trying to figure out a way to avoid humiliation. (As if personally calling activists begging them to nominate him was not humiliating enough.)

The emails going astray and finding their way to the Indy are a mere sideshow, (Guido suspects an over-enthusiastic Oaten ally is to blame). Exiting gracefully must now be the priority. Despite still not having received my membership card (get a move on Cowley Street), Guido is keen to volunteer his speechwriting services.

“Ladies and Gentleman, despite having received hundreds of emails and phone calls I have decided to withdraw my name from the leadership contest and in the interests of party unity, our country and my career give my support to

But will anyone actually want his support? His candidature has only succeeded in making him less popular than he was before he started.

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Quote of the Day

Stephen Bush writing in the New Statesman‘s morning briefing…

“The terrifying truth is that the Opposition is too divided – within the parliamentary party, within the trades unions, within the Shadow Cabinet and even within the leader’s office – to be anything other than a veto player as far as Brexit goes, and the party’s whole gambit is really about trying to make that weakness look like a strength. Keir Starmer saying that Labour is “increasingly likely” to vote down the deal is simply a reflection of the fact that the one thing the Labour party will be able to agree on as far as Brexit goes is that Theresa May’s deal is no good.”


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