Guido has wondered in the past what exactly Alison McGovern does as Gordon Brown’s PPS. He never turns up or speaks, so why the dubious honour? Given McGovern is pregnant, speculation is mounting as to who will fill in for her when she goes on maternity leave.
If she’s not replaced then questions will arise about her onerous and demanding role.
Backbenchers should form an orderly queue to make their pitch for the job.