About a month ago I speculated that Labour MP Sion Simon was about to quit politics. He, you may remember, was the MP who appeared in that cringemaking Youtube video spoofing Webcameron. His catchphrase was "Just Like You".
The Birmingham Post reports this morning that he is standing down, not because he has had to pay back £21,000 in misclaimed expenses, but because he wants to be Birmingham's first elected Mayor. Using his normal, spot-on political judgement, in the BP article he calls Gordon Brown a "towering figure".
If Birmingham really is desperate enough to vote this objectionable oik into the office of Mayor, it will have lost leave of its collected senses.
Coinicentally, I am off to Birmingham tomorrow to chair a pre election Question Time at the City Inn. I think there are still about ten tickets left, so if you fancy coming along to quiz Jacqui Smith, Andrew Mitchell and John Hemming, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org