Three Line Whip have been tracking a bit of mayoral election drama this morning. On the way to Boris' campaign event today, Rosa Prince disclosed that a "special guest backer"
would be unveiled - someone whose identity would drop a "bombshell" on Westminster. Then Jonathan Isaby revealed
both that the backer's Kate Hoey and that she's decided not to appear. Apparently she's "really ill"
, although Isaby reckons it's because she could have been kicked off the Labour benches.
It's hard to know who'll win out of this. It's a little embarrassing for Team Boris that Hoey didn't pitch. But, then again, we now know that a prominent Labour MP was prepared to publicly back the Tories' man. That's hardly great news for Ken Livingstone, although - as yet another example of Labour dissent. - it's probably even worse for Gordon Brown.
UPDATE: Kate Hoey gives her side of events - she thinks her appearance wouldn't have amounted to an endorsement of Boris.