'A Rough Diamond'
The Independent today states that former Northern Ireland Office special political adviser to Peter Mandelson, Patrick Diamond aged 29, has been canvassing Hartlepool constituency party members from a phone list not supposedly available elsewhere. This has prompted complaints that a party insider must have supplied Mr Diamond with a list of names and numbers of local party members - information that has not been made available to other would-be Labour candidates.
Clearly some questions are going to have to be answered in Labour party HQ on Monday, and Mr Diamond can expect a rough time.
The Independent also predicts the election could be held as soon as 30th September, but reckons 7th October as most likely.