Rumblings are afoot amongst Liberal Democrats in Birmingham.
Desperate to secure his home power-base, Cllr Hemming has parachuted yet another one of his mates into the key target seat of Moseley. Increasingly, it looks like one of the prime qualifications for getting a LD nomination is to live within B13. Ernie Hendricks - who also works for John's parliamentary office - has been given the nod over the local favourite Zaman Khan, who has campaigned in the ward over a number of years and stood in both 2004 and the 2005 by-election. He's a decent type, who has been working hard on reconstruction projects following the Kashmir earthquake, but has still been pushed out to help one of John's favourites.
Local Liberal Democrats are deeply unhappy at the outcome of the 'selection process' - but why should they be surprised. John seems to be on a mission to quell opposition within his party.