It’s already old news, but this article in today’s Tribune caught our eye:
Blears is ‘almost certain’ to run
Hazel Blears is “almost certain” to stand for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party, according to some of her close associates.
However Ms Blears, the party chair, will not formally announce her candidature until the election for leader and deputy leader is called.
Her view is that is would be improper in her current job to be campaigning for another position when no vacancy exists.
The article goes on to say that she is expected to get 44 nominations easily; that Straw is still making a decision; and that Johnson is now wavering, having lost support from both secular and religious MPs after his botched attempt at a compromise on faith schools that antagonised both sides.
But what intrigues us is Blears’ position that it would be inappropriate to campaign as Party Chair. Fair enough, but if that’s the case how can it be appropriate to send out your “close associates” to spin your candidacy across a range of media spanning from Tribune to the Sun?
The reality is now that everything she does will be seen light of her deputy leadership campaign, regardless of not formally declaring. That seems to place her in an awkward position as party chair, where she risks appearing to use the party machinery to promote herself.
The Daily has nothing against Hazel Blears (if you want to see someone who does, check out Ministry of Truth) and it’s the more the merrier in the deputy leadership race so far as we’re concerned, but her position does seem rather at risk now.