Well. You never know. Patsy Powers might just make an exception, stand down the Reading West short list already drawn up and sweep Mr Salter back into office. Maybe. While gordon Brown is looking the other way. If I were Nasty Naz Sarkar or Dangerous Denise Headley (who is getting more votes and is set to overtake Paul "PG Tips" Gittings) - see my little poll on the right - I would take a very dim view indeed. Oranjepan (who is not that little ginger bloke John Wood, cannot possibly be, oh no) rather oddly publishes a link to a letter from the only credible candidate for Reading West, Mark Bennett, who did not make the short list on the grounds of being a white bloke who is capable and intelligent and a hard worker and unlikely to let himself be bossed about by Mr Salter and the corrupt gang on the Labour Group. Oranjepan does however note that Mr Salter's fraudulent expenses past is closing in on him - you can tell it is when not only does he change his story from "I never claimed for a second home" to "I have claimed nothing since 2001" but His Master's Voice changes the story on its website to that too.
update: the following is an extract from Mr S's Westminster Diary:
First of all can I say thank you to all those people who have been emailing or calling my office, urging me to reconsider my decision to stand down at the next election after 25 years in public life in Reading. Whilst I appreciate all the kind things that have been said, I’m afraid my mind is made up. I’m very much looking forward to the next chapter in my life and to using what skills and experience I’ve amassed to benefit the work of a national charity.
Which charity is going to make him Chief Executive? I do hope it is not the one my niece has rather an important job in. Anyone got intelligence or suggestions?