Whatever is going on in the race to succeed John Prescott in Hull East? The Labour Party candidates for selections are dropping like flies. Last week, Chris Leslie found himself embroiled in the funding scandal that goes to the very top of the Labour Party. Amsuingly, his Labour Party CV for selection says that he dislikes the fact that there "still remain vested interested" in Britain.
Meanwhile, the popular local Hull councillor, Stephen Bayes, former Director of Kingston Communications and Humberside Airport, has been arrested and bailed in Northern Ireland on suspicion of gross indecency charges along with "other offences". I have been led to believe that those "other offences" are, shall we say, slightly distasteful. Iroincally he is a former Chair of the local Police Authority.
So, with Chris Leslie's chances scuppered, and now Stephen Bayes too that leaves just two front runners. David Prescott, son of John, and former councillor Gary Wareing. If one were truly conspiratorial they might wonder if Hull East was such a desired seat that someone somewhere was trying to narrow the field? The favourite now has to be Prezza Jr, but then again, might they go for the on the ground former councillor instead?
One thing is for sure, the seat is fast becoming a poisoned chalice for those that have applied for it. Which one will fall from grace next? Ironically they now have two frontrunners who have the same surname as MPs who are either stepping down or been deselected.