Clare Short is throwing in the towel and turning her back on the party that has given her a career and a job for a good few years to allow her to advocate a hung parliament.
Shame on you Clare. Shame. That's disloyalty for you. Whatever you think of the government and the PM, stabbing the whole party in the back and endangering what HAS been achieved over the past nine years is a let down to those party members who spent their free time campaigning for you.
The Daily discusses some of the options in Birmingham, where boundaries in the south of the city have been redrawn to remove one of Birmingham's constituencies (Sparkbrook and Small Heath, to be precise). Currently, that is held by Roger Godsiff, Lynne Jones holds Selly Oak and Steve McCabe holds Hall Green. Three into two won't go, so someone gets the bullet.
Roger Godsiff is likely to take the Hall Green seat by membership numbers, as the revised boundaries include an awful lot of his current patch (the rest goes to Yardley) and should hold it for Labour. The fight will be between Lynne Jones and Steve McCabe for the new Selly Oak seat, which is much closer in terms of membership and will probably go to a close vote. In that case, I expect Steve McCabe to get it, as Lynne has offended some locals with her independent mind/disloyalty (delete as appropriate) and made precious few friends within the regional party structure. Clare Short's decision could offer a way out for Lynne, as Ladywood should be an all-woman shortlist - NEC policy is for the seats of retiring MPs to be so designated (unless there is a good reason not to - usually this means that No 10 want to parachute a favoured male candidate in).
But we'll see - you'd never bet your mortgage on an accurate reading of the runes in local party politics. It can get all too personal.