James Forsyth

An expenses role-reversal

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Michael Crick has news  that Ian Gibson may stand in the Norwich North by-election after all. So we are faced with the fascinating possibility of seeing how an MP his national party has deemed unfit to stand because of his expenses does in an election. It would be quite ironic if the result of first expenses by-election was determined by someone who his party had put beyond the pale.

This development combined with the poll out today which shows the Tories ahead suggests that the Tories should win the seat with relative ease. The size of the Tory majority, though, will be crucial  in determining how the result effects the mood of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

PS If Gibson does run, we could be in a situation where the anti-politics candidate is a supposed expenses villain.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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