Rumours reach me that the contest to be Labour's candidate in Birmingham Ladywood at the next election is about to kick off, if a local party meeting goes to plan tomorrow. The whole contest will take around 13 weeks.
A number of names have been put forward, but a new one to reach the radar is that of Sandra Samuels, a nurse from Wolverhampton who featured in a Labour election broadcast back in 2001 as one of a range of quiet heroes and had a run out in Shropshire last election, falling to Owen Paterson. She may have had hopes of succeeding her local MP, Ken Purchase, who has served Wolverhampton North East since 1992 and as he will be around 70 when the next election rolls around, he announced his retirement last October. Unfortunately, it seems that this seat might be being kept warm for another candidate - Jack Dromey is rumoured to be in the frame, according to Black Country sources.