On Monday we should get a good idea of the numbers game. Each campaign must lodge its nominees with the Labour Whips Office. I'm told that they will publish the lists every day up to the deadline. Even if they aren't actually published, they will inevitably leak. I suspect this means that pressure will be put upon non-declared MPs to sign up to a campaign which is struggling to get the 44 nominations. Word on the street is that Harriet Harman and Alan Johnson are already over the threshold. Labour insiders reckon that Johnson already has 80 backers, and Harman around 45. I can understand the former, but Harriet Harman? What has she got that my little chipmunk hasn't?
UPDATE: Apologies. I thought Jack Straw was running as well. Apparently not.