"...Mr Sheerman denied this was part of a move to topple Gordon Brown.
He said “If colleagues ask me to stand I will consider it. A lot of people believe that the current chair has not been robust enough standing up for backbenchers and has rather too easily taken the view of the government.
I was very unhappy with the way the current chair of the PLP didn’t stand up for backbenchers"
Now, Sheerman is hardly a friend of Brown's – so votes for him could still be regarded as anti-Brown votes – but this does rather sound like the end of another plot.