We were the first to reveal that Mandelson favourite Tristram Hunt was likely to get the Stoke Central seat.
Now I can reveal that Hunt, an urbane historian, has just made it on to the shortlist for the seat. Byron Taylor of TULO, the trade union liaison group, is NOT on the list.
This selection was always going to be about New Labour getting one of their own into a safe seat. Hunt’s path now seems clear for selection – if not it will be a major surprise to all those concerned.