Five to become six?..

The BBC reports that Hazel Blears is expected to announce [not necessarily this week though – Ed] that she will join the over-crowded field of candidates for deputy leader of the Labour Party.. and there’s an interesting line included in the report

The source said the deputy leadership contest would eventually boil down to three or four candidates. Some of the declared runners had gained too much exposure too early, while “a lot of people are keeping their powder dry, waiting to see what the field will be”.[added emphasis]

Who do they mean?.. btw a belated Happy Birthday to the Secretary of State for Wales etc.. Thanks for the reminder, Art Hostage.According to the report

Ms Blears, Labour chairman since last May and considered a loyal Blairite, will address Labour’s national youth forum in Glasgow on Friday, calling on the party to “reach out” to young voters.

She will add: “We won their support because of New Labour – a modern Labour Party in touch, on their side, and led by a Leader who they knew shared their instincts and aspirations.

“The idea that we win a fourth term by distancing ourselves from that leadership or by dismissing our own successes is dangerously misguided.”

Ms Blears will also say: “And if we made the mistake of a lurch to the left, the result would be David Cameron.”