Rumour control: I remember Mr Sheerman from the days when I wrote about education and the idea that he would do something so significant and so alien to his loyalist instincts simply at his daughter’s bidding is politically illiterate. I also know Ms Sadler and it is hilarious to suggest that she would do something so crass and politically plodding as to put her father up to his act of rebellion, in order somehow to advance the (presently non-existent) Miliband campaign.
Fact is, Gordon, Mr Sheerman did what he did because he thinks you are a liability to your party and, much more importantly, the country. I thought Number Ten was meant to have put the smear techniques behind it after the Mcbride Affair. As if.