I can reveal the names of three more Labour MPs who have written to request nomination papers, bringing the total to twelve. The new names, told to me by a senior Labour source, are...
They add to the existing list of Siobhain Mcdonagh, Joan Ryan, George Howarth, Graham Stringer, Gordon Prentice, Janet Anderson, Jim Dowd, Kate Hoey and Frank Field.
In addition, I am told the leaking of the fact the letters existed came direct from inside Number Ten.
If this list grows from 12 to, say, thirty or forty, maybe those cabinet ministers whose spine needs reinforcement will make their move. I still doubt it, but the story is dominating the political headlines, much to the chagrin of Nick Clegg and his colleagues here in Bournemouth.