It's official ... Angela Eagle, shadow business secretary up until when she resigned from the shadow cabinet last week, has confirmed that she will challenge Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour Party leadership.
She said that Corbyn 'had failed to lead an organised and effective Party'. Eagle was a Minister under Gordon Brown and a contender for the Labour Party Deputy Leadership last year. She represented the Remain side in some of the EU TV debates and had deputised for Corbyn at Prime Minister's Questions in the House.
It is reported that upwards of 100,000 people have joined the Labour Party in the last few weeks building on the 400,000 that gave Corbyn his decisive win last last year. One suspects they come from that same ideological base.
If that's right then Corbyn will win at a canter. Whatever the outcome I think it likely that the Labour Party will split into moderate and left factions. Not overly good for democracy because the checks and balances provided by an effective opposition is an important component of the democratic process.
Having said that I'm with Corbyn 100%. Gods gift to the Conservatives. The Liberal-Democrats too will be grateful for the life-line about to be thrown them by a demoralised and dysfunctional Labour Party.