As I write this blog it has been a week, almost to the hour since I stood on the platform at the Labour Party conference. I was so nervous and said to myself as long as you don’t fall over or be sick you will be fine! I had decided to talk about ASBOs, something [...]
The last time we chose a new Leader was in 2007.
Gordon Brown was elected unopposed.
There were vocal complaints that there had not been a proper contest.
There can’t be that complaint on this occasion. We had a contest and a half.
Five candidates. Four months. Scores of hustings.
The candidates were dropping by the end. The result a cliff-hanger.
As you will be aware, I did make a nomination for Leader of the Party. That was for Diane Abbott, because like other colleagues in the Parliamentary Party I wanted to see the widest possible debate and choice for Leader, not that I had made up my mind before the contest started who I thought was [...]