Some people take losing very badly. Ann Clwyd and her supporters were by no means gracious in defeat, when on Tuesday evening Ms Clwyd was deposed as the chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party. After hearing the result of the ballot, in one of the House of Commons committee room, MPs were almost immediately summoned to vote. When Ms Clwyd and one of her supporters former minister Janet Anderson, saw a gaggle of Brownite MPs and some of the parliamentary private secretaries who resigned in September after writing to Tony Blair to say he should resign, chatting outside the division lobby, paranoia kicked in. Ms Anderson, believing she had uncovered the sinister plot to unseat Ms Clywd, hissed: "Well that says it all doesn't it". In reality Ms Clwyd who only had a 11 vote majority when elected last year, had alienated a number of MPs since then and brought defeat on herself.
*From my Independent on Sunday diary today