Iain Dale thinks he has a scoop on his hands – Michael Meacher standing for Labour leadership. He says in his “exclusive” piece tonight that, “I know for a fact that Meacher has been discussing a leadership bid”. Tonight, we can also exclusively reveal that WWII has ended and Attlee has won the election – sorry, is that old news?
To be fair to Iain, as a Tory, this might be news. If you are a Labour activist it might have been news too – if it were this time last year. Meacher has spent the last year not so subtly putting himself about and openly canvassing for support.
And there was more than a subtle hint on BBC Online in June. And this ePolitix piece. And this article in The Scotsman. And Labour bloggers such as Chris Doidge. In fact, you only need to glance at LabourHome occasionally to have known this for months. And if none of them, then surely Iain reads the Torygraph?
Still – his attempt at a Labour exclusive is so far better than any of the The Daily’s attempts to break into Tory world. If anyone out there has any Tory tip-offs that we can’t glean from our routine surveillance of ConservativeHome, then do let us know…