“I’ll be listening very carefully to what he [Hain] and others say before deciding”

Given the terms of the recently announced inquiry – “to examine in particular the way in which the Government carried out their obligation of candour..” – and the Secretary of State for Wales etc’s historically cavalier attitude to references, in particular, it might have been a good idea for his campaign team to double check the list of Labour MP’s who “would be willing to speak in favour of his bid for the deputy leadership” before releasing it. The Belfast Telegraph’s Mark Hookham found a couple of names on the list who were somewhat surprised to be asked for a quote.[scroll down] UpdatedFrom the Belfast Telegraph

But when the Belfast Telegraph called Kingswood MP Roger Berry, we were told he was likely to support Mr Hain, but had not yet given his permission to be listed as a backer.

He said: “I certainly did not give authorisation. I am discussing the situation with my constituency party. It’s either Peter or Hilary Benn (the international development secretary).”

Likewise, Peter Soulsby, MP for Leicester South, insisted he was keeping his options open.

The MP, who is “totally and utterly” opposed to renewing Trident, said: “I’ll be listening very carefully to what he [Hain] and others say before deciding”.

Hain4Labour campaign organiser Joe Carberry yesterday admitted there had been a “misunderstanding”.

Update As the re-edited Belfast Telegraph report now notes

Likewise, Peter Soulsby, MP for Leicester South, insisted he was keeping his options open.

The MP, who said he was “totally and utterly” opposed to renewing Trident, said: “My attitude at the moment is going to be very much affected by the various candidates’ attitudes to the replacement of the Trident missile system – I’ll be listening very carefully to what he (Hain) and others say before deciding.”

Hain4Labour campaign organiser Joe Carberry yesterday admitted there had been a “misunderstanding” between the Secretary of State and Mr Berry and that the backbencher’s name had been taken off the list.

Make that.. and Mr Soulsby’s name has been taken off the list

The full list of 24 MPs available for quotes now reads..

The following MPs are all available for quotes on Peter’s campaign:

Clive Betts MP
David Chaytor MP
Michael Clapham MP
John Cummins MP
Wayne David MP
Jim Devine MP
Maria Eagle MP*
Louise Ellman MP
Hywel Francis MP
Paul Goggins MP*
Patrick Hall MP
Eric Illsley MP
Piara Khabra MP
Martin Linton MP
Andrew Love MP
Jessica Morden MP
Dan Norris MP*
Albert Owen MP
Nick Palmer MP
Chris Ruane MP*
Mark Tami MP
Des Turner MP
Shaun Woodward MP
Phil Woolas MP*

* Campaign Team members

, ,

  • heck

    at my age it is not often I change my mind.

    I use to admire Peter Hain when I was younger and watched his opposition to the South African system in the 70s. I thought that this was a man of principle -not like the rest of the new labour hacks.

    Pete Baker, with his recent postings, has changed my mind and I now think Hain is useless. I still suspect that he is more out or his depth than bad and that he is failing to rain in the civil servants at the NIO because he in not paying enough attention.

    However. what ever it is, pete has convinced me that it is time for him to go.

    However I hope that in any agreement the NIO is brought under control. Perhaps having Irish civil servants working along side them might be the answer.

  • Alan

    Which is all argued on the basis that the decision in each case was Hain’s.

  • Pete Baker

    Actualy, Alan, it has all been argued on the basis of the court rulings.

  • Cato

    For a moment there, I thought it said Catriona Ruane on the list though on reflection it would not really surprise me!

  • Alan

    “Actualy, Alan, it has all been argued on the basis of the court rulings.”

    Actually, you have missed my point. There are times when you have to raise your eyes from the daily grief. It’s about who makes these decisions and who can only influence.

  • And the QC is Peter Scott, a member of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, overseeing MI5 operations??? It has never found anything wrong in what the Security Service has done in 380 complaints!

    Can the Brits ever even get to seeming to do justice – a necessary step in the process of even coming close to doing it. While I doubt many QCs would find against Hain and the NIO in the victims commissioner case, does Downing Street and Whitehall have to always guarantee favorable resuts by proceeding in all such cases in a most political way???

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Alan

    If Hain has ultimate responsibility for decisions, then he can’t hide behind the dresses of civil servants.

    If the buck stops with him – and I think it does in most of what Pete has been blogging – then I believe it’s time for him to call it a day.