At the time of writing Gordon Brown needs the backing of just one more MP to be certain of succeeding Tony Blair as Labour leader and our Prime Minister.  The BBC asks if that is good or bad for him.  My hunch is it’s bad.  He’s not going to get the coverage a horse race contest would have generated nor will he be seen to crush the left and, in the process, style himself as the defender of Middle Britain.

Update: It’s now certain. John McDonnell has conceded and will be on Newsnight tonight.

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