Earlier today Jonathan Isaby posted a list of 46 MPs who currently sit in the top 200 Tory target seats. The thing they have in common is that they are all voluntarily standing down from Parliament at the next election. Today Stephen Hesford (whose opponent is the excellent Esther McVey) announced his departure. On Friday it was government minister Ian Pearson. This week, according to a tweet from Tim Montgomerie, it will be Geoff Hoon's turn. Obviously some of the 46 have entirely understandable reasons for standing down - age, infirmity etc. And yet even the most loyal Labour support knows that all this points to one thing.
They all expect Labour to lose.