"Don't let anyone kid themselves that this was an unimportant election where voters felt they could make a clear protest vote. Unless something changes significantly on a national level these results would be reproduced at a general election.
Labour cannot win with the present Prime Minister. I was one of the seven who would not support his coronation after Tony Blair was shoehorned out of Number 10. But even I didn't think a Brown administration would be as inept as this one.
The Brownites are attempting to terrorise Labour MPs into inaction. If they succeed then we deserve our fate."
A few weeks ago, Field was stressing how crucial it is that the next Speaker drives through a "programme of reform". Maybe he's figured that he could do more for Parliament by helping to oust Brown...
h/t: Paul Waugh