— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) July 18, 2014
Longstanding PBers will know that Henry G Manson’s has a great record with his tips on anything to do with LAB. He was dead right on EdM in 2010 and his guidance has proved pretty good over the years.
This morning he emailed me to suggest that Andy Burnham was a great bet for next LAB leader. He cited as evidence the above survey by Labourlist on the net shadow cabinet favourability ratings a recent survey on the site had thrown up.
The results are striking and suggest that Burnham has good grass roots support.
Henry didn’t indicate whether an early contest was on the cards.
I should add that although I’ve been dealings with Henry over many years I do not know his identify.
But experience tells me that when he says something in the Labour Party is a good bet then he’s likely to be right.