Runners and Riders

The fun continues with Labour even after their conference. 49 contenders are pitching to be in the Shadow Cabinet and the good news for those who enjoy watching the Labour Party in chaos is under their archaic rules the fun and games of electing them has to happen every year. Paul Waugh believes that Yvette Cooper, who is likely to come very near the top of the ballot, will be turning down the offer of Shadow Chancellor to save Ed Balls face. She clearly isn’t as ruthless and cold as her leader.

There are some truly laughable candidates but some with high chances deserve more scrutiny. Sadiq Khan gave a Red Ed-lite conference speech yesterday and is clearly vying for a high office shadow. Guido explained why this expenses fiddling and controversial figure might find it tough working in the Home Office or Foreign Office and there will be more on this as his prominence grows. Alan Johnson is apparently in the running to Shadow Hague too, and who knows, perhaps such a role might lead journalists to finally reveal that story he did so well to keep out the  papers while in the Home Office. Balls for shadow business would be an embarrassment after such high profile lobbying for a decent job. Though Guido would enjoy watching him and Cable try destroy each other…

Pop Quiz: A prize for whoever can identify the runners and riders pictured.



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