Daily Archives: March 6, 2010

Jim Pickard

Michael Dugher, Gordon Brown’s political spokesman, was recently rumoured to be going for the Labour candidacy in Ashfield, set to be vacated by his former boss Geoff Hoon.

Instead I can reveal that Dugher has just emerged as one of four candidates on the shortlist for Barnsley East, where current MP Jeff Ennis is stepping down. This is a plum of a safe seat, with a notional majority of more than 50 per cent – or 17,000 votes*. Read more