In a move that is bound to generate some headlines, Warsi has written to those Labour leadership contenders who were ministers asking them to forfeit their severance pay and to ask the ex-ministers supporting them to do the same. The move is a gimmick but in this anti-politics age it’ll go down well with the public.
One other thing worth noting was that when asked, Waarsi, who is the chairman of the Conservative party, refused to commit the Tories to trying to win Huhne’s marginal seat at the next election. Huhne won last time thanks to Labour supporters lending him their votes something that won’t happen next time. If Huhne, who has also been damaged by stories about his personal life, is to hold on in 2015, he’ll almost certainly need some help from his coalition partners. This help could range from the Tories simply not putting resources into the seat - as one Minister told me recently, ‘if the Coalition is a success, a future Lord Ashcroft won’t be pouring millions into trying to unseat Chris Huhne [the Energy Secretary] in Eastleigh’ — to the full coalition monty of them standing down their candidate.