James Forsyth

Labour gets ready to go, but cabinet remains divided on timing

Labour gets ready to go, but cabinet remains divided on timing
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The chances of an autumn poll just increased with the news that Labour is hiring key election staff. Now, this doesn’t mean Gordon is definitely going but it does show that he wants to keep the option open. Oddly enough, I think this is quite good news for David Cameron: if he has a good conference and there isn’t an election, he’ll be able to claim credit for frightening Brown off.

Interestingly enough, cabinet ministers are now openly weighing in on whether Gordon should go to the country this year or not. Hazel Blears is, unsurprisingly, in favour and full of enthusiasm: “When’s the election? Who knows? But I say – let’s go!”  While Alan Johnson is against, telling Michael White, “Remember 1970.” 

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

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