I agree, but he was arguably also to blame in not pointing that out himself right away.
The reality is that some on the right of the party were happy for a "Labour spent too much" narrative to take hold, for their own narrow factional purposes.
They have been bitten on the posterior through their "cleverness", yet again.
I'm not sure that's fair. Once it was published I don't anything he could have said would have changed minds on the matter. Given that he sits or is perceived as sitting on the right of the party I'm not sure he would share your views on the existence of such a Byzantine agenda.
"Tenacity" is one word I suppose. Others may describe it in different ways
Certainly doesn't live up to one of his nicknames "Crash And Byrne".
Given that other Blairite (if we are still using the term) SPAD types choose to walkaway from parliament I think Byrne is interesting as he choose not to. I am thinking of people like Milburn, Purnell, Byers and D Milliband. I think it is to his credit that he decided to stay and fight his corner.
Time for a few predictions - starting with the easy one. In this seat I don't foresee any great movement in votes, perhaps a few more Tory votes in the wealthier parts of Hodge Hill ward and a slight drop in turnout so......