As we predicted yesterday, Alan Johnson has tipped off journalists of his intention to stand for deputy leader and support Brown for leader, which he intends to announce on Friday and follow up with an interview with Andrew Marr on Sunday in order to maximise coverage.
More detail from the BBC.
Update: Johnson has launched a website. Unfortunately, as Paul Linford points out, it seems that it was written when Johnson was still planning to stand for leader, and features a number of stories that sit somewhat uneasily with his newly declared loyalty to Brown.
It seems quite extraordinary that he quotes approvingly from the Observer: “When the backstabbing finally stops, could Alan Johnson be the man who delivers the fatal blow to Brown?” let alone this excerpt from the Economist: “Gordon Brown’s enemies are pinning their hopes on Alan Johnson.” With friends like that…