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Yup, it's that time of the year again!

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Guess who has egg on his face today?

Yes, it's over very own Comical Matt! Matty Boy warned us a few weeks back not to "write off" the Lib Dems in Glasgow East and that "they'll be working hard towards another great result"

Yesterday's result saw the Lib Dems' candidate fall from third to fourth place (behind the Conservatives) with just 915 votes (3.5% of all votes cast) and a lost deposit.

After four by-election disasters, Labour MPs won't be the only people wondering if a change of leader would improve their fortunes...

Moving Leftwards?

Hunter has just been browsing the latest Early Day Motions (EDMs) in Parliament. One motion, EDM1948, heaps praise on the merger of two unions and on Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley, the left-wing leaders of the Unite union. Who wrote is? George Galloway? John McDonnell? Diane Abbot? Jeremy Corbyn? No, step forward Bob Spink, the Conservative-to-UKIP member for Castle Point. Hunter wonders if Spink is another Alan Amos in the making...

A few weeks off from politics

Boo! Hunter's back! Took two, almost three, weeks off from politics to visit friends -- David, Fiona, Alice, Ben, Grace and Lydia -- in Sheffield. It's always a pleasure, if a little exhausting, staying with them in a smart part of the city. Apart from Sheffield itself, Hunter visited the Devonshires' pad, Chatsworth House, Bakewell and Sherwood Forest (see picture above - Hunter standing next to an 800 y-o tree!). Returned to London to watch Boris leading the Gay Pride celebrations, where he was given a warm reception, and spent the following day at Legoland in Windsor (the heavens opened from start to finish and Hunter was a little Hung-over). Spent the last two days at garden parties in Fortis Green and Southgate Village (both Tory fund-raising ‘dos’ but I’m not sure if they would count as political as such?).

I'm back now to offer you my thoughts and share juicy gossip - stay tuned!