Labour high command must be rather worried that only 50 odd people turned up to the selection meeting that chose a candidate to replace Ian Gibson and stand in the coming by-election. The fact that so few people turned up to the selection meeting suggests that the constituency party is demoralised both by how Ian Gibson has been treated and the general state of the Labour party.
Interestingly, the Labour candidate is not local. As the Eastern Daily Press puts it, he is a “Labour party activist from London”. One Labour fixer from that neck of the woods tells me that this won’t go down well. Indeed, the Eastern Daily Press is, so I’m told, the only newspaper that outsells The Sun in its area.