Which, applying the sort of changes between the Euro result and Thursday in Peterborough, could point to a Labour hold but maybe a close one?
An additional factor might be a vague feeling that major parties are likely to select someone with some sort of track record so can be trusted more. BxP would need a blinding candidate to get around this perception- the local version of Ray Mallon or John Harvey Jones.
I wouldn't have voted for Vera Baird but it's hard to argue that a female QC who had been a minister didn't have credibility (which may also be the reason Prezza lost).
Sir Nicholas Soames on Leader of the House Jacob Rees Mogg : ‘an absolute fraud, a living example of what a moderately cut double-breasted suit and a decent tie can do with an ultra-posh voice and a bit of ginger stuck up his arse.’