Only yesterday, Andrew Gimson reported for this site that the party’s Deputy Leader was in deep trouble in his West Bromwich constituency.
“Jeremy and I go back 40 years,” declares the Shadow Chancellor, denying that he has been “frozen out.”
A clear campaign narrative that balances local and national priorities is crucial. Engage with community groups. Select candidates early. Use social media to complement, not replace, campaigning.
Since I last surveyed the political landscape in 2013 and 2014, some ruling tribes have been cast down, and some formerly lost tribes have risen to rule.
Of course the Government must sell its vision and achievements, but we must also expose the hard left’s anti-democratic conduct and duplicity over Brexit.
If we can win the argument for well-regulated, competitive provision of essential services in this sector, we can win it elsewhere.
The left will strengthen their position inside Labour, but may push more voters towards the more centrist, avowedly unionist Scottish Conservatives.
Will they keep their heads down as their colleagues are picked off by the hard left?
Victory poses his internal opponents with a painful dilemma, and a lot may hinge on how they resolve it.
Corbyn might lock Labour out of power at Westminster, but Momentum could still end up wielding real power in local government.
The incumbent wins more than 60 per cent of the vote, cementing his hold on the Party. What shall Smith’s supporters do now?
When you think your cause is beyond reproach, it’s must easier to demonise your opponents and justify mistreating them – and I’ve experienced the results.
Also: Tory AM sets out Plaid Cymru vision; Scottish Labour de facto split off; Jones urged to stay on to block Corbynistas from capturing Welsh Labour; and more.